Eva Van Prooyen, MFT
Addiction is a chronic but treatable problem in which people lose the ability to control their need for alcohol or other drugs, even in the face of negative health, social or legal consequences.
Symptoms of addiction include tolerance (development of resistance to the effects of alcohol or other drugs over time) and withdrawal, a painful or unpleasant physical response when the substance is withheld. Many people with this illness deny that they are addicted.
People become addicted for many reasons. Sometimes a vulnerability to addiction is inherited, and other times it is a response to trying to cope with difficult life situations or mental health issues.
While some are able to recover without help, the majority of addicted individuals and their families need outside assistance to recover. With support and treatment, many individuals are able to stop using and rebuild their lives. Therapy is an important and effective part of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. To get the help you deserve contact
Eva Van Prooyen, MFT at (805) 845-4960.