Solutions for Substance Abuse in Kosciusko County and Northern Indiana
A BRIDGE TO HOPE
A Bridge to Hope will lead and unite community efforts that offer solutions to those affected by substance use disorder.
Diagnosing an Addiction
Identifying addiction is like diagnosing any other illness. The patient is examined for symptoms meeting specific, scientific criteria defining the illness in question. One of the best tools for spotting addiction is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association. The criteria outlined in the DSM are generally accepted and used by professionals to help determine the presence and severity of a substance use disorder. They include:
The substance is used in larger amounts or over a longer time than the person originally intended.
Wanting to cut back on use but being unable to do so.
A considerable amount of time is spent trying to acquire a substance.
The user experiences an intense desire or urge to use their drug.
Substance use takes priority over work, school or home obligations.
Interpersonal relationships are consistently strained from drug use.
User stops engaging in important social or recreational activities in favor of drug use.
We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in. Ernest Hemmingway
The Power of Substance Use Disorder
Addiction affects more than just the addicted person. Family and loved ones of addicts are often subjected to physical and emotional pain. Alcohol and drug abuse might directly impact your life and your family, but that does not mean you are to blame. Take a moment to listen to this story of hope from a former addict.
We can help. You never have to feel this way again.
You Are Not Alone
Depression and Anxiety are common
Depression and anxiety, along with several other mental health related matters are often pivotal in leading to a person engaging with substance abuse.
Addiction harms relationships
What might have seemed to be otherwise a very normal relationship can turn ugly when addiction enters the scene. Rest assured that through the process of recovery, relationships can be restored.
Help is available and you can start today
The number one thing to keep at the forefront of your mind right now is that there is help. You are not alone. There are a tremendous amount of resources available, both free and paid. A Bridge To Hope helps coordinate those resources for you.