Addiction Issues

The definition of addiction has evolved to include a large number of categories. Typically, addiction has often been used to reference substance problems and gambling issues. However, if there is something in a person’s life that is “substantially impacting” their ability to work or to relate with others, then that “thing” can be an addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with what you think may be addiction, please contact the South Dakota Mines Counseling Center. The road to recovery lies ahead.

Eating Disorders

Our modern society is bombarded with images of how we are supposed look, act, and dress. People can develop an eating disorder as a response to controlling their body image. These disorders, bulimia and anorexia, can consume a person's life. If left untreated these disorders can have severe emotion and physiological problems that can even result in death.

Sex and Pornography

Sex is a normal part of life and can be an enjoyable experience. However, it is when one compulsively and obsessively seeks out sex or sexual content in a way that interferes with social, occupational, personal, or financial life there could be a sign of a problem. Sometimes unsafe patterns for sexual gain begin to appear.

Gaming and Gambling 

When managed properly, gaming and gambling can be an enjoyable activity when done in moderation. Often gambling refers to wagering something of value with some uncertainty of the outcome. The goal is payout. When done in excess, individuals may end up in financial or situational hardship and find themselves compulsively playing.

Gaming is similar in some respects but often is more skill based and focused on progression and success in the game of choice. With gaming, there are also elements of micro-transactions that take place mirroring gambling. Compulsive actions may occur such as uncontrollable desire to play, lack of interest in other previously engaging interests, and using gaming as a way to escape from difficult emotions.

Substance Use

There are many different mind-altering substances out there. Generically, we think of alcohol and drug use. When substance use crosses the line into addiction or substance abuse you may see the continual use of substances despite adverse consequences. Some examples include, DUI, issues with the law, relationship troubles, interference with work and performance, mood disturbances and risky behavior.

Need Help?

We have a staff of counselors available to help you, anytime.

Office Phone:
Counseling Email:
Location: Surbeck Center, Main Level (across the hallway from the Dean of Students' office)   

Duane Kavanaugh
Director of Counseling
605-394-1924 or

Chelsey Groseclose
605-394-1924 or

Megan Laskowski
605-394-1924 or

Amanda Swan
Volunteer Counselor
NCC, LPC-Supervisee

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