Chemical Dependency Addictions
Chemical addictions, whether they are to alcohol, street drugs, or prescription medications, usually cause a person to not only have difficulty controlling their drug(s), but also to develop personal and social traits that add to the problems of their lives. This can result in major adjustment difficulties like job losses, marital and relationship issues, irresponsible and illegal behaviors, and physical and medical problems.
Quite frequently, drug abuse and addiction are accompanied by psychological problems such as anxiety or depressive disorders, social anxiety, traumas and PTSD, sleep disorders and nightmares, and major losses. Successful treatment usually requires work on recognizing and controlling the addiction while also working on and treating the related psychological issues. This is the treatment approach taken by our staff.
ASC staff provide testing, evaluation, and treatment for persons suffering from alcohol or drug problems. We have certified chemical dependency counselors who conduct chemical dependency (CD) evaluations. In addition, our staff are very experienced in treating persons with psychological problems that co-occur with chemical dependency or abuse.
Our psychological staff provides ongoing, intensive psychotherapy, which is integrated with our clients’ overall treatment and recovery goals so that all co-occurring problems are addressed concurrently and timely.
We have seen many of our clients who suffered from significant anxiety disorders, anger and emotion control issues, and disabling traumatic memories, in addition to their addictions, make great strides towards psychological stabilization which has given them a greater opportunity for successful recovery and prolonged abstinence.
Gambling is a serious disorder that can cause psychological, financial, emotional and legal difficulties for problem gamblers and their families and friends. In the US, 2 million adults meet the criteria for compulsive gambling, and another 4 to 6 million are problem gamblers. Women between the ages of 45 and 65 outnumber men among compulsive gamblers, and 1 in 5 people with gambling problems attempt suicide - nearly twice the rate of any other addiction.
Our outpatient problem gambling treatment program provides comprehensive assessments, individual and group therapy sessions, family therapy sessions, financial consultation, and aftercare services to problem gamblers and their family members. Persons demonstrating financial need have all or a portion of their treatment funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and up to 12 family sessions are also funded by the Minnesota DHS.
The most common warning signs of gambling are:
- Increased preoccupation with gambling
- A need to bet more money more frequently
- Restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop
- Chasing losses
- Loss of control despite negative consequences
- Borrowing money to gamble
- Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
- Secretive behavior, such as hiding betting slips or lottery tickets, or having bills sent to work or another place