The Best Option, LLC
Substance Abuse Counseling in San Antonio
What should I do to determine if I need alcohol and/or drug treatment? View video. These are just a few examples of the criteria used to determine if treatment services for alcohol and/or drug treatment would be necessary. During the past 12 months, have you:
- Had times when you ended up drinking or using more, or longer than you intended?
- More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking or using, or tried to, but couldn’t?
- Spent a lot of time drinking or using? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
- Experienced cravings — a strong need, or urge, to drink or use drugs?
- Found that drinking or using — or being sick from drinking or using — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
- Continued to drink or use even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
- Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink or use?
- More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking or using that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
- Continued to drink or use even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
- Had to drink or use much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks or amount of drugs had much less effect than before?
- Found that when the effects of alcohol or drugs were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there?
What behavior should I look for to see if my friend/family member is abusing drugs and/or alcohol? View video. Some signs a friend/family member might be abusing drugs and/or alcohol include some of the following:
- Changes in either appetite or sleep patterns
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Lack of attention to physical appearance, personal grooming habits
- Different smells on breath, body, or clothing
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
- Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems; may borrow or steal to get it
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
- Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities, etc.)
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude
- Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
- Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
- Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason
What should I do to see if I have an anger problem? View video. Some indicators that you might have an anger problem include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Being easily frustrated and/or becoming angry over small events
- Difficulty in social/work situations due to frequent angry outbursts (loss of friends/employment)
- Family members/friends are fearful of you and how you react to negative events
- Physical effects of the anger (high blood pressure, racing heart, stomach issues and sweaty palms)
- Use or threats of violence to address uncomfortable situations
- Legal involvement (arrests, probation or parole) as a result of your aggressive behavior
What should I do to see if I am a victim of domestic violence? View video. There are three (3) types of abuse: Physical, Sexual and Emotional. Listed below are only several examples of domestic violence. Some examples of each are:
- Physical - Isolation from friends/family, pushing, pulling, shoving, punching, hitting, slapping, spitting, choking, throwing things, stalking and pinching
- Sexual - Forced sexual intercourse, forced abortion, withholding sex, forced sex with other persons and forced use of birth control
- Emotional - Verbal abuse, not allowing a person to go to work or school, intense jealousy, checking cell phone and neglect
What should I do to see if I am a perpetrator of domestic violence? View video. Some common characteristics of people who are perpetrators of domestic violence are listed below. These are only a few examples:
- Extreme jealousy
- History of abuse
- Poor coping skills (using violence to cope)
- Refusing to accept responsibility for actions (blames other)
- Poor communication skills (using anger to express feelings)
- Believing violence is not a problem
What should I do to schedule an appointment? You may call 210-265-1133 in order to schedule an appointment for an assessment. Upon completion, you will be provided the results of the assessment. The results of the assessment will determine if further individual and/or group counseling would be beneficial for you and a treatment plan will be recommended.