Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug-seeking use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug usage can lead to brain changes that can challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist the intense urge to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a "relapsing" disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of abstaining from it. It's common for a person to relapse, but relapse doesn't mean that treatment won’t work.
If you're worried that you have been addicted to alcohol, then it is better not to quit cold turkey on your own as its withdrawal can be unpredictable after some time. You can seek help. Talking with your doctor is the first good step. He can assist you to come out of this problem. Together (He and you) can chart out a treatment plan for healthy living.
Substance abuse differs from addiction. Many people with substance abuse problems can quit or change their unhealthy behavior. Dr. Mohammed is a board-certified Psychiatrist and SUBOXONE licensed physician who has been treating Opioid addict patients for many years. The treatment approach is tailored according to the patient’s drug use patterns and from any co-occurring medical, mental, and social problems to continued recovery.
If you are worried about being addicted to Opioid pain medications, then here is the solution we provide to treat it with a medication named, Suboxone detox. SUBOXONE is a prescribed medicine for treating Opioid addict adults. It contains active ingredients, Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Suboxone is used as part of a complete treatment plan including counseling, psychosocial support etc.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on ADDICTION & SUBSTANCE ABUSE
1. What is a substance abuse disorder?
A substance abuse disorder is the excessive use of psychoactive drugs, such as alcohol, pain medications, marijuana, or other drugs. Withdrawal symptoms, increased tolerance, and being unable to cut back on your own can indicate addiction. A substance abuse disorder can become more apparent and problematic when one incurs legal, financial, and social issues.
2. What causes substance abuse disorder?
Substance use disorders are caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors, as well as, other mental health factors. Often times addiction becomes a coping tool for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental illness.
3. I think my loved one may be suffering from a substance abuse disorder, what can I do?
Helping a loved one with a substance abuse disorder starts with taking care of yourself. Addiction is often a family disease and has insidious effects on family members. It is important to have boundaries and a support system for yourself. Educate yourself in substance abuse. Be empathetic when speaking to your loved one regarding their behavior. It is important to put resentments and blame aside.
Encourage your loved one to seek professional help through support group meetings such as AA, Refuge Recovery, Celebrate Recovery or SMART Recovery. Simultaneously seek support groups for yourself such as Al-Anon or Al-Ateen.
4. What are different treatment options for Substance Abuse Disorders?
Depending on the severity of the addiction and drug of choice, patients may need to go through a detox process at a hospital. Residential treatment options offer stays of 30 days. Intensive Outpatient Programs offer 10 hours of therapy per week, utilizing group, family, and individual therapy. Most IOPs offer morning and evening options to allow for convenient scheduling.
At Compassionate Psychiatric Services, we employ a team of professionals licensed and certified to treat addictions. We work together to asses, find the best level of care, explore medication options, and a therapy plan that will help address substance use in addition to any other co-occurring disorders.
5. Where can I get more information about Substance abuse Disorders?
6. What is an intervention?
An intervention is a method of encouraging someone struggling with addiction to seek professional help. Interventions are often utilized when the other attempts to encourage treatment have not worked. There are different approaches to interventions. Most involve having family, friends, and loved ones understand their own boundaries and breaking cycles of co-dependency and enabling to further encourage recovery and treatment.