Substance Abuse Counseling

Often times, it is more difficult to stop using substances when you are trying to do so on your own. There are professionals out there that can give you the tools you need to abstain from substance use. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, if you can’t stop taking a drug even if you want to, or if the urge to use drugs is too strong to control, even if you know the drug is causing harm, you might be addicted.  Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do you think about drugs a lot?
  2. Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug usage but couldn’t?
  3. Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without the use of drugs?
  4. Do you ever use drugs because you are upset or angry at other people?
  5. Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
  6. Have you ever taken one drug to get over the effects of another?
  7. Have you ever made mistakes at a job or at school because you were using drugs?
  8. Does the thought of running out of drugs really scare you?
  9. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to pay for drugs?
  10. Have you ever been arrested or in the hospital because of your drug use?
  11. Have you ever overdosed on drugs?
  12. Has using drugs hurt your relationships with other people?

If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, you might have an addiction. People from all backgrounds can get an addiction. Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young.

If you feel that you have an addiction, leave it to the professionals to help. Please contact Spring today to schedule an appointment. There are many treatment options available.

 

Gambling Addiction

Gambling in the State of Oklahoma has changed dramatically over the past years. Today, it is more accessible, more accepted and more glamorized than ever before. Gambling has become part of Oklahoma’s landscape, culture, and economy with horse tracks, casinos, the compulsive gambling doubles in areas within 50 miles of a casino.

Oklahoma provides services to adults and adolescents with gambling related disorders/problems. Gambling disorders includes pathological gambling, problem gambling, and relative or significant other of a person with a gambling problem.

Questions regarding addiction:

Q: What is Pathological Gambling? 
A: Pathological gambling is being unable to resist impulses to gamble, which can lead to severe personal or social consequences.
Q: What is Problem Gambling? 
A: Problem Gambling is the increasing preoccupation with gambling, loss of control, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop and continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
Gambling ceases to be fun when it crosses into harmful behavior as it has for an estimated 3 in every 100 adults, or approximately 75,000 Oklahomans. About 25,000 adult Oklahomans (1% of the adult population) meet criteria for a diagnosis of pathological gambling. Another 50,000 have problems with gambling