According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 27 million Americans over the age of 12-years-old reported using illicit drugs in 2014, yet there continues to be a lot of stigma in our society when it comes to the topic of addiction. Defining drug and alcohol misuse can be difficult because of the various opinions, values, and beliefs about the topic. However, it is defined as excessive use of the substance, craving the substance, consuming more of the substance than originally intended, needing more of the substance in order to get the desired effects, and experiencing negative symptoms when going an extended period of time without using the substance. Symptoms of drug misuse are dependent on the substance a person is using, however, drug may affect a person's familial relationships, mood, sleeping habits, level of attention, interpersonal relationships, personal health, and employment. Psychotherapy can provide a nonjudgmental support, assessment and psychoeducation and an increase in coping mechanisms if you are struggling with drug addiction. PeaceTree therapists with a concentration with substance use behaviors can provide you with the tools you need to manage your cravings and identify the triggers that may cause you to use illicit substances or alcohol. To request a new patient appointment click here.