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Alcohol/Substance Abuse (DSM)

Section 1: List of the symptoms for this disorder:

Failure to fulfill major responsibilities

Legal problems

Social problems

drinking/using substances in dangerous situations




No restraint








Dependence on alcohol/drugs

Consuming more than planned

Worry about stopping or failed attempts to stop

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More than 3 million cases per year in the US are reported for alcohol abuse.  There is no cure for alcohol/substance abuse. This is a chronic disease lasting anywhere from a few years to a lifetime.  Addictions can strike anyone, anywhere, at any stage in a person’s life. This addiction is used as a coping technique for life’s stuggles/stressors.  To keep the same “good” feeling, more and more of the substance is required to maintain the feeling. Most addicts need professional help to get this addiction under control.  Most find it difficult or next to impossible to stop or even cut back on the substance.

Types of treatment:
Support groups, counseling, meds, detox, self-care, AA, jail, in house treatment centers.  Counseling or therapy, whether in house or one on one is one of the first steps to getting someone clean. A counselor or therapist with special training in this area will be able to decide, with the client’s help, what treatment path is best.  This is usually done after detoxing. Online therapy or online counseling may be the only way some client’s can get the help they need. Having a listener in a group setting may help the client become more open about the problem, especially if the client is in jail or in house treatment.  As the client becomes more aware of the situation, active listening may help the client be more comfortable and trusting with the therapist and the treatment.


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