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Addiction Treatment

J. Wesley Cook, DO

Family Practice & Osteopath located in Roscoe Village, Chicago, IL

As a leading family doctor and osteopathic physician in Roscoe, IL, and throughout the Chicago area, Dr. Cook provides state-of-the-art addiction treatment to help patients overcome their addictions and improve their health and their lives.

Addiction Treatment Q&A

What is the definition of an addiction? If I have strong cravings for something, does that mean I'm addicted?

Not necessarily. In general, an addiction is a compulsion or compulsive habit that is so overwhelming, it can't be controlled. Over time, an addiction will become so overpowering, it may begin to interfere with your regular activities, including your relationships and your ability to work. Addictions usually refer to a compulsive need for alcohol or drugs, but other actions may be addictive as well such as compulsive shopping, compulsive gambling and other behaviors. People can even become addicted to food or to self-harm. An addiction is a serious medical problem that requires a doctor's care; it is not a problem of “bad morals.”

What symptoms are caused by an addiction?

The number-one symptom of addiction is an inability to stop partaking in the activity, but there are other symptoms that can also occur, such as:

  • A need to perform or engage in the activity more frequently to maintain the same “high” effect
  • Repeated attempts to quit which end in failure
  • Moodiness, anger, irritability, nausea, profuse sweating, tremors and other side effects that occur when the behavior is reduced or stopped
  • Spending more and more time alone or in areas where the behavior can be indulged in freely
  • Problems with work, school, family or other personal relationships
  • Feelings of shame and guilt
  • Reckless spending associated with indulging the behavior

What treatments are available for people with addictions?

Most addictions require medication to help suppress the addictive behavior and get the behavior under control. Often, medication is combined with counseling to learn new positive behaviors and to understand the triggers that fuel the addiction so they can be addressed. Addiction treatment requires a long-term commitment, but today's techniques are very successful and can help you lead a healthier, addiction-free life.

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