What is addiction?
Addiction is a brain disease of compulsive substance use or behavior despite harmful consequences. People suffering from addiction have an intense focus on using a certain substance(e.g alcohol/drugs) or behaviors(e.g gaming, gambling), to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using the substance or behavior despite knowing it will cause them problems.
What substances can people get addicted to?
Does Garden Psych only have drug addiction psychiatrist?
No, we treat people with many different kinds of addiction at Garden Psych including sex addiction and behavioral addictions including:
- Multimedia(TV & Movies)
- Excessive information seeking on web
How does addiction start?
People take substance or start addictive behaviors for 4 reasons:
- Enjoyment, “high”
- Relieve stress
- Performance enhancement
- Curiosity/Peer pressure
It is normal for all of us to utilize things for enjoyment, stress relief, improve performance and socialize. However, addiction becomes a problem when we are unable to stop the behavior and the substance/behavior causes problems with work, family, and friends.
People suffering from addiction have strong cravings and urges to partake in the substance/behavior. They often struggle with cutting back on the substance/behavior despite attempts in the past. The addiction can cause difficulties at work, school, and at home. Often times there is tolerance (needing larger amounts) and withdrawal (negative emotional/physical effects).
How can an addiction psychiatrist help?
The 1st step to recovery is to admit there is a problem. Without admitting there is a problem, it is hard for anyone to help anyone else. Recovery can be challenging if the patient denies having a problem or underestimates the severity of the problem. There are many medication treatment options for addiction, however medications alone won’t be enough for long-term sobriety.
Dr. Memon is board certified in addiction medicine and psychiatry. At garden psych, we perform a comprehensive substance use evaluation. Each individual substance and behavior have a variety of medications that are available for treatment. In addition, there are certain therapies such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and alcohol anonymous which can be very useful for long-term sobriety. After your substance intake evaluation, specific treatments can be discussed to target the individual addiction.
How can a Child Psychiatrist help my child’s with addiction?
Dr Memon is trained both in addiction and child psychiatry. Use of substances or excessive use of electronics can result in changes in how brain develops. Kids can struggle with addiction due to many underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.. Treating the underlying mental health condition of your child can treat the root cause of the problem, which your child is using the addiction to cope with.
The challenges of adolescence and adulthood are not the same. Dr Memon has extensive training in child and adolescent psychiatry allowing him to better connect with your child and to address the specific needs of your child. Dr Memon’s child psychiatry training also lets him conduct family therapy sessions which allows for navigation of tough situations such as drug testing, privacy and autonomy that need to be discussed in helping adolescent struggling with addiction.
To help yourself or a loved one fighting an addiction please make an appointment by contacting us at 609-601-4161