Substance use

Anyone can make mistakes under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Constant use or abuse of drugs and alcohol is commonly called addiction, but is better understood as substance use disorder. The drugs we use to alter our minds can change the brain’s chemistry, pumping out dopamine, the pleasure hormone. Enough dopamine in our system leads to a “high” that is not achievable by any other way.

Well-supported evidence shows that the use process comes in 3 stages: binge/intoxication, withdrawal/negative affect, and preoccupation/anticipation. This cycle becomes more severe as a person continues substance use and it produces dramatic changes in brain function that reduce a person’s ability to control their substance use. Although there is a genetic factor in substance use for some people, anyone can develop a problem.

Drugs can take hold of anyones life quickly.

Almost everyone can think of a friend or family member who has been affected by the rise in prescription pill abuse. Substance abuse ruins lives but is treatable when viewed as a disease of the mind, instead of a behavioral issue. Rehabilitation clinics have proven to be successful for many patients suffering from substance use disorder, but rehab is not a magic cure-all. Many come to hope or believe that once their loved one returns from rehab, all of the problems in their relationship will dramatically and immediately improve. While detox and rehab can be a critical first step in recovery, it doesn’t solve every problem. We will conduct a simple assessment to better understand what level of care each individual needs, based on their symptoms and goals.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a proven method to help address symptoms of substance use. Substance use treatment can include medically assisted treatment programs, different therapies, groups, and peer support meetings that can all contribute to helping an individual struggling with substance use.

Substance Use Treatment

Next Steps...

You have gained some insight into substance use disorder. If you or a loved one is feeling down, hopeless, guilty, traumatized, or struggling to gain control, please schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with Lacie to see if you feel like she is a good fit to help you reach your goals.