Substance Use and Addictions

Harmful substance use and addiction are common problems which impact millions of people. Both are characterized by compulsive engagement in a particular activity (e.g. gambling, internet use, sex) or the habitual use of a substance (e.g. alcohol, drugs) despite recurring negative consequences.  These consequences may include impaired judgment, health and legal issues, relationship problems, and difficulties fulfilling work or personal responsibilities.

There are many resources available to help people who are seeking to reduce or stop their unhealthy behaviors.  These range from mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous to inpatient detoxification and treatment.  It’s important to consult with a professional to determine the most effective type of assistance for a particular situation.  The licensed, professional counselors at the FSAO have training and experience in helping people identify and access the appropriate type and level of care.  They can also help those who are concerned about a family member, friend or colleague who is struggling with substance use or addiction.  Please contact the FSAO office at 617-353-5381 for confidential consultation.

Providing Support to a Family Member Struggling with Substance Use

Presentation by David Treadway Ph.D. , March 15, 2021