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News You Can Use - May 2016

Information and tips to help you live healthier and happier

Signs of addictive disorderSigns Of An Addictive Disorder 

Most people associate addiction with alcohol, drugs or smoking, but millions of individuals suffer from numerous other types of addictions. Known collectively as addictive disorders, in addition to abuse of substances such as alcohol, drugs and smoking, individuals can also become addicted to compulsive types of behavior such as: gambling, shopping, eating, sexual activity, pornography or use of the internet.

Everyone has addictive urges and sometimes gives in to them. An addictive disorder exists, however, when you cannot control your habit or behavior despite the fact that it is undermining your health, relationships, job performance, finances or your self-respect.

Self test – Do you have a problem?

If one of these behaviors has gotten out of control for you, review the symptom checklist below to recognize if your behavior has become an addictive disorder. A "yes" answer to one or more statements below may indicate a problem:

  1. You think about the activity a lot when you're not doing it.
  2. You seem unable to control the amount of time spent doing the activity
  3. You keep increasing the amount of time that is spent doing the activity.
  4. You deny having a problem, when many things are obviously going wrong.
  5. You hide the activity from family and friends.
  6. When unable to do the activity, you become irritable, moody, tearful, angry, or hostile.
  7. You would rather do the activity than spend time with a family member or friend.
  8. You forget or ignore family events such as birthdays and visits from friends because of your involvement with the activity.
  9. You have extreme mood swings that are completely unpredictable.
  10. You blame other people for your troubles and do not take responsibility for your own actions.
  11. You have headaches, stomach disorders, and other unexplained and ongoing physical symptoms.
  12. You begin to neglect your appearance or engage in risky behavior or illegal acts.

What to do

Whether you have reached the "addiction" stage or not, recognizing and admitting that your habit is negatively impacting your life is the first step toward overcoming it. You can build the strength to overcome your addiction, develop alternatives to it, and learn to live a healthy and full life. If you'd like professional help, you can contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for confidential counseling, referrals and information. We're here to help you

Employee Assistance Program Services

Employee Assistance Program symbolThe Broward County Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Broward County Government employees and their families to assist with most personal problems affecting the quality of life at home or on the job at no charge. Participation in the program is voluntary and completely confidential. Licensed professionals can assist you with:

  • Family problems
  • Work conflicts
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Financial problems
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety

Call for a free and confidential appointment or more information at 954-357-5600 or email at Additional information on our services is also available at

Copyright © 2015 Healthy Exchange. This newsletter is not intended to provide medical advice on personal wellness matters, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

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