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Alcohol, Tobacco and Substance Abuse

Stop addiction stop signAddiction is a problem that affects many people and can involve substances, such as alcoholtobacco and other drugs, and behaviors, such as gambling and pornography.  According to Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, addiction is a habitual psychological or physiologic dependence on a substance or practice that is beyond voluntary control.  Most simply put, addiction is the progressive use of a substance or a behavior despite the negative consequences.

Addiction can impact all areas of life, including financial, employment, relationships, legal and physical and mental health. If you have an addiction problem, recognizing it can help you begin to make decisions toward recovery and a happier and healthier life.

It can be difficult to recognize that one has an addictive pattern.  If you are unsure and want to learn more, you can obtain an evaluation through the EAP.  The EAP counseling staff is trained to assist with addiction issues, whether it is a question about you or a person you care about.  You can call the EAP (800-322-5327) and obtain the help and support you need.

Recognizing that there’s a problem is the first step toward recovering from addiction.  If you think you might have a problem, here are some steps you can take: