Addictions Counselor in Asheville, NC

What Is Addiction?

Addiction refers to a complex and chronic condition where a person becomes dependent on a particular substance or behavior, often leading to a loss of control over its use and harmful consequences. It is characterized by compulsive seeking, use, and sometimes withdrawal symptoms when the substance or behavior is not available. Addiction can be related to various substances such as drugs (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, opioids) or behaviors (e.g., gambling, gaming, internet use).

Key features of addiction include:

1. Compulsion: A strong urge or drive to engage in the addictive substance or behavior, often leading to an inability to control or resist the impulse.

2. Loss of Control: Individuals with addiction struggle to limit their consumption or engagement in the addictive behavior, even when they are aware of its negative consequences.

3. Negative Consequences: Addiction can lead to physical, psychological, social, and financial problems. It can impact a person’s health, relationships, job, and overall quality of life.

4. Tolerance: Over time, individuals may develop tolerance, which means they need larger amounts of the substance or increased engagement in the behavior to achieve the desired effects.

5. Withdrawal: When the addictive substance is not available or the behavior is discontinued, withdrawal symptoms can occur. These symptoms can be physical, psychological, or both.

6. Craving: An intense desire or craving for the addictive substance or behavior, which can be difficult to resist.

What You Need To Know

Addiction is considered a medical and psychological condition, and it can have significant long-term effects on a person’s physical and mental health. Treatment for addiction often involves a combination of behavioral therapies, counseling, support groups, and sometimes medication, depending on the specific addiction and its underlying causes. We treat clients in the Asheville, NC area.

It’s essential to recognize addiction as a serious issue and seek professional help if you or someone you know is struggling with it.

Serving the Following Asheville, NC Communities:

  • Jupiter
  • Barnardsville
  • Weaverville
  • Leicester
  • Woodfin
  • Black Mountain
  • Ridgecrest
  • Montreat
  • Fairview
  • Biltmore Forest
  • Arden
  • Fletcher
  • Hlls River
  • Hendersonville
  • Mills River
  • Enka Village
  • Candler
  • Beaverdam
  • Canton
  • Etowah

Taylor Houchens, M.S., LPC

191 East Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC  28804