Frequently Asked Questions

A: There are several good definitions. One good one is: Any frequent, problematic use of substances, where either the amount used or the occasion of use is beyond the control of the user.

A: There are several good assessments avail able online, such as the MAST Test. Try: If the substance user will not agree to take the test, fill it in as you think he/she might answer, for an approximate assessment. Better yet, seek a professional consultation with a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor.

A: Come yourself! Addiction is a Family Disease, with all members affected. By understanding the disease and treating yourself, you also increase the likelihood of your loved one accepting treatment. Therapists often start with willing family members first. This frequently results in the alcoholic or addict being attracted to Recovery by the positive changes they perceive in others.

Links to Related Substance Abuse & Addiction Websites

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Addiction Counseling

National Institute on Drug Abuse (General info on Addictions)

Addiction Recovery and Treatment

Gambling Assessment-South Oaks

Links to Related Mental Health Websites

Psychology Today(General Mental Health and Addiction Info)

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Bipolar Help Center

Recovery from Terminating a Pregnancy

Links to Other Related Behavioral Health Websites