Print Posted on 10/01/2017 in Addiction

Addictive Behavior: The benefits of early diagnosis

Addictive Behavior: The benefits of early diagnosis

Unlike “illnesses” such as a fever or the common cold, the treatment of addictions is often complicated because of the challenges in pin-pointing addictive behavior.   While most other sicknesses have physical roots that can be diagnosed and treated, the assessment of addictions depends largely on psychological factors.

As a result, dealing with such clients often falls within the realm of mental health professionals.

Rapid Assessment - The best chance for recovery

So what characterizes addiction, and how do professionals assess whether someone is suffering from particularly addictive behavior?

Addiction is characterized by a brain dysfunction, which interferes in a patients’ rational thinking about the consequences of a particular behavior. Individuals with an addiction are motivated differently than “normal” rational individuals. As part of the assessment therefore, professionals try to understand what leads those with addictions to crave certain substances or perform certain behavior(s).  

An addicted individual’s mental in-equilibrium causes him/her to:

  • Loose self-control
  • Crave substances or display addictive behavior
  • Indulge in denial about their situation
  • Not readily agree to any course of action to aid their recovery

One of the hallmarks of addiction is that the longer an addiction is left without medical intervention, the more difficult and painful medical assisted recovery gets. Quickly assessing the root causes of an addiction, and then rapidly moving to implement appropriate treatments, is the best way for a smooth recovery – be it for behavioral addiction or substance codependence.

Possible Interventions

Treatment options for addiction are varied, depending on the type of addiction and the severity of the challenges faced by the patient.

  • Medical assisted recovery might include the use of drugs similar to those for treating schizophrenia or depression
  • Out-patient interventions could include a component of self-help groups and other support organizations
  • In-patient and other residential interventions could be prescribed for severe cases so that teams of specialists can monitor and regulate a course of treatment lasting several weeks or more

While each case of addictive behavior is different, one fact remains constant in every case: Getting appropriate assistance early on in the addiction cycle is vital for speedy recovery.

Help where and when needed

Online resources like Nearby Therapists have a singular mission: To steer those battling addiction and their families towards the most appropriate help right within communities where they live. The benefits:

  • Since these resources are nearby those suffering from addiction and their families, it leads to rapid assessment of the situation, followed by early intervention and quicker recovery
  • Those with an addiction are likely to feel more at home seeking help within their neighborhoods or communities, and are therefore more likely to continue with the treatment programs
  • Being in close proximity to where the client/patient lives or works also means there is a close network of support – friends, family members, neighbors and community workers to lean on – which helps patients better deal with the after-effects of codependence, like acute withdrawal symptoms

From Psychologists, Therapists and Counselors, to Residential Detox Facilities and Out-patient treatment programs; everything you need to deal with addictive behavior can be found under one roof!

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