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Types of Addictive Disorders

Addictive Disorders


As a therapist, I care deeply about providing a safe, non-judgmental space for reflection, honesty, and vulnerability. With my style of therapy, the aim is to help people overcome obstacles and self-imposed barriers they may face so that they can flourish in their personal lives. I utilize a multi-faceted approach that includes various types of therapeutic interventions including cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, person-first, solution-focused, and direct reality-based psychodynamic style.

Types of Addictive Disorders

Substance Abuse, Substance Dependence, & Chemical Dependence

Addictive disorders come in many shapes and sizes. Some people struggle with addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, or other substances or activities. No matter what the addiction is, it can take over a person's life and cause serious problems.

- Substance Abuse: This is the abuse of illegal, or legal, drugs. Substance abuse can lead to addiction which can in turn lead to health problems, financial problems, and damaged relationships. The most commonly abused substance is alcohol.

- Substance Dependence: Substance abuse can eventually evolve into substance dependence. This is when a person's body becomes chemically dependent upon the effects of a drug or activity. As the body builds a tolerance to the substance, substance abusers require more to get the same level of effect. Those with substance dependence will continue to abuse their preferred substance even as they see the issues that arise from its use. This includes everything from the onset of withdrawal symptoms during periods of decreased use to physical, social, and psychological decline.

Matt McTeague, MSW, LISW-S specializes in treating addictive disorders of all kinds. He has helped many people overcome their addictions and get on the path to recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact Matt today. He can help you get the treatment you need to overcome addiction.

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