Addiction often refers to the continued drug use despite negative consequences. Usually there are compulsions that contribute to this continued use. Addiction symptoms can include:
Continuing to use a drug despite having persistent problems with other important people
Continuing to use a drug despite knowing that it may create or complicate other physical or psychological problems
Continuing to use a drug in physically hazardous situations
Normally important activities are abandoned or replaced due to drug use.
Inability to fully function or complete important obligations as they relate to work, school, or at home.
Failed attempts to stop drug use
While it’s true that dependency and addiction often go hand-in-hand, proper assessment and diagnostic impressions are crucial to determine the severity of one’s condition. CAT uses a multi-disciplinary team to assess and create an individualized treatment plan.