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Unfortunately, some people think that having an addiction is a moral failure. Actually, that is not true; addiction is widely considered by scientists to be a complex problem that has biological, genetic, and social components.

Many struggle with or know someone who is living with an addiction. Broadly speaking, addictions can take on many forms and can have debilitating consequences for one’s physical health, relationships, financial status, and other areas as well. You may already know about some kinds of addictions, such as addictions to alcohol, drugs, or gambling.

Although each type of addiction is different some common symptoms may include:

  • Lack of control over behavior
  •  A strong craving of the substance or activity
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety when the person is unable to access the substance or activity
  • Increased tolerance to the substance or activity

Seeking help for an addiction is difficult for many people. It’s important to understand, however, that you’re not alone – people of all ages, races, and genders live with addictions. Consider searching our database to start talking about a treatment plan that is best for you.

Please review the additional resources below about addiction:

The Effects of Screens on Kids and How to Set Limits By Dr. Jyothsna Bhat

The Effects of Screens on Kids and How to Set Limits By Dr. Jyothsna Bhat

“My precious,” coos Gollum from the Lord of the Rings, clutching his prized possession, the One Ring to Rule Them All. His obsession to possess the ring drives him slowly to madness. I often wonder, as a clinical psychologist who works with children and adolescents struggling with digital addiction, if the fantasy saga wasn’t in fact a cautionary tale about smartphones and the other ubiquitous, all-knowing gadgets that rule our lives, impinging on our children’s cognitive development, impacting our social relationships, and giving us all a literal pain in the neck. “My 11-year old son has been throwing tantrums and talking back, he is always irritable and seems depressed,” said Kathleen, an accomplished professional and mom who seemed at her wit’s end. We had gone through all the usual background information about her son, such as medical history, psychosocial development, interpersonal relationships, etc., and nothing had stood out. I asked Kathleen if anything had changed in her son’s environment recently. “Not really,” she said after thinking for a while....

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