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Addiction Specialist

Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness

Psychiatric Clinic & Addiction Medicine located in Edina, MN & Lakeville, MN

Addiction is a widespread problem. Around 21 million Americans have at least one addiction. At Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness in Edina, Minnesota, Adejoke Adedeji, APRN, and the team offer holistic, customized addiction treatments to help you recover and restore your quality of life. If you’re ready to make the changes necessary to recover from addiction, call Nexus of Hope or schedule a consultation online today.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction, sometimes called substance abuse disorder, is a brain disease that causes compulsive use of drugs or alcohol despite increasingly negative consequences. Addiction causes distorted thinking and behaviors that can severely damage your health and quality of life. 

Addiction used to be thought of as a willpower problem, but research shows that abnormalities in the parts of your brain that regulate your impulse control, judgment, and decision-making contribute to addiction. Additionally, continued misuse of drugs or alcohol increases those abnormalities, leading to stronger cravings, compulsive drug seeking, and an increased tolerance for the substance. 

While no one uses drugs or alcohol intending to develop an addiction, your brain chemistry can contribute to your risk. Other factors that contribute to addiction include:

  • Other mental health issues, like trauma, anxiety, or depression
  • A family history of substance abuse
  • Starting to use drugs at a young age
  • Background of abuse or neglect

Trauma and other mental health conditions are closely related to substance abuse. Addiction often develops when you’re trying to self-medicate. Fortunately, with supportive treatment, you can recover from addiction and lead a healthy, fulfilling life. 

What are the signs of addiction?

There are several signs of addiction, but you might not be the first to notice them. Your friends or family may see the signs of addiction long before you see a problem. Some of the common symptoms of substance abuse include:

  • Feeling a compulsive need to use the drug regularly
  • Needing more of the substance to achieve the same effect
  • Going out of your way to ensure you have access to the drug
  • Spending money on the substance even if you can’t afford it
  • Failing to meet work or social obligations
  • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug
  • Engaging in other risky behavior while you’re under the influence
  • Failing to stop using the drug
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms

You might also have problems at work or school. Your performance might decline or you could lose interest in succeeding. Drug abuse can also lead to physical health problems.

How is addiction treated?

At Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness, the team focuses on treating you as a person, not just your addiction. They offer an unbiased, compassionate approach, combining integrative and holistic therapies with conventional treatments like medication and therapy. The team helps you resolve the internal and external issues that contribute to your addiction. 

Call Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness or make an appointment online today to start your journey to sobriety.