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How do I know if I need addiction services?

Diagnosing substance abuse or addiction depends on determining more than simply physical symptoms of abuse. Our counselors use a series of both physical and behavioral diagnostic criteria to determine if you have an addiction. These criteria may include:

  • Inability to meet your obligations and responsibilities with family, friends or at work
  • Relationships with your family or friends are suffering and affected
  • Health financial or legal issues occuring due to substance abuse or addiction
  • Inability to cease using a substance or inability to stop participating in an unhealthy activity
  • Physical tolerance to a substance
  • Occurence of withdrawl symptoms when a substance or activity is dropped
  • Using a substance more than intended (substance is taken in larger amounts over a larger amount of time than intended)
  • A great deal of time is spent trying to obtain a substance, use it or recover from its effects
  • Important social, occupational or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of the use
  • Continued use despite physical or psychological problems exacerbated by the use of a substance
  • Recurrent substance abuse use in situations that are physically hazardous
  • Legal problems because of use
  • If you think you may have a substance abuse issue, dependence or personality disorder
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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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