Mohammad is not a certified substance abuse counselor, however he has several years of experience working with individuals who are suffering from addictions. Mohammad will make the appropriate referrals when specialized attention is needed and/or when a certified substance abuse counselor is available. Addiction therapy addresses the symptoms of drug addiction and related areas of impaired functioning and the content and structure of the client's ongoing recovery program. The primary goal of addiction counseling is to help the client achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive chemicals and behaviors. The secondary goal is to help the client recover from the damage the addiction has done to the client's life. Not sure if you are addicted to a substance? Try quitting and see what happens.
Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors. Genetic risks factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction.
Addiction involves changes in the functioning of the brain and body. These changes may be brought on by risky substance use or may pre-exist. The consequences of untreated addiction often include other physical and mental health disorders that require medical attention. If left untreated over time, addiction becomes more severe, disabling and life threatening.