Substance Use

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You Don’t Have to Battle Addiction Alone

Addiction is complicated and unique to each individual. It can be caused by a combination of hereditary, mental health, environmental, and social circumstances in a person’s life. It has far-reaching consequences in a person’s life that can lead to other disorders such as depression, anxiety or trauma. It can take many forms — gambling, smoking, drugs or alcohol. Beyond hurting the person addicted, addiction can impact the lives of friends and families.

As difficult as it may seem, it is possible to overcome addiction. Admitting you need help is the first and most important step. At North Central Health Care, our compassionate team of addiction treatment specialists can help you through this journey so that you can live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

At North Central Health Care we:

  • Create treatment plans as unique as the individual, helping each individual identify the root causes of their addiction and work with them to overcome their addiction using a variety of individual and group therapies and services.
  • Provide them with a support network of highly trained on-site professionals from diverse disciplines.
  • Assist them in building a supportive external network by incorporating friends and family into the individual treatment plan.
  • Improve chances for recovery by providing education, counseling sessions and support groups for the patient’s family and friends.
  • Treat both adolescents and adults.
  • Work with them to improve their physical health, including nutrition, diet and exercise.
  • Teach them to make better decisions by helping them understand and communicate their feelings and develop better problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Show them they can enjoy life without addictive substances.

For more information about our addiction treatment programs, call us at 715.848.4356.

Services are available to residents in the counties of Marathon, Langlade, and Lincoln.

Symptoms of Addiction

Am I an addict? This is a question that many people have a difficult time answering. At what point does something turn from a way to pass time into a full blown addiction? There are several signs indicate an individual has developed an addiction. If you wonder whether or not you have an addiction, it is important to review the symptoms and be honest with yourself about whether or not they apply to you.

Some symptoms of addiction include:

  • Lying about how often you use drugs or alcohol
  • Neglecting other obligations like school or work
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Intense cravings for the substance
  • Increased tolerance – do you need more and more drugs or alcohol to get to where you want to be?
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and other activities
  • Taking drugs or alcohol even when you had not planned to
  • Continued use of a substance even after it has caused problems in your personal life
  • Withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the substance in question

If someone in your family has struggled with an addiction, then there is an increased likelihood that you could too, even if the subject of the addiction is different (such as an addiction to alcohol instead of drugs). It cannot hurt to talk to an addiction specialist and discuss the possibility of treatment.