SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT CENTER
Substance abuse disorder is a serious health condition requiring with long-lasting effects on the health of the abuser and as such Substance Abuse Treatment is essential. It is often the result of compulsive need to use a particular substance, which can lead to consequences on not only physical but also mental health. The problem of substance abuse can be because of both illegal drugs or abusing prescription drugs like opioids. The number of people suffering from this condition is significant. Alcohol contributes to a huge chunk of these numbers as well.
Previously the word drug abuse was used to describe the substance use disorder or addiction. It is different from dependence. Drug dependence merely means that a person needs drugs to function. Both these conditions can have a huge impact on society. According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the US 70,000 people died of an overdose in 2017 and nearly 88,000 people die from excessive alcohol use every year.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) now has replaced both abuse and dependence with substance use disorder. Now the approach by those in healthcare is to focus more on the disorder and not the problem. It is now characterized as a brain disease.
Understanding Substance Use Disorder
There are two main types of this disorder; abuse and dependence.
Substance abuse is a medical term that means that the use of a particular substance or drug is causing significant problems. These can be as simple as missing too much school or work, getting involved in dangerous situations, drunk driving, and so on. These problems can lead to substance-related legal issues and can impact the relationship that is both professional and personal. It is a recognized medical brain disorder and the substance that is usually being abused can include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and legal substance like alcohol, prescription drugs, and even nicotine.
Substance dependence means that even after experiencing significant problems associated with substance use, a person still keeps on using it. Certain signs can signal dependence like:
- The need for increased amounts of the drug to get a high
- Withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped
- Spending a major chunk of one’s time on such activities
- Withdrawal from social life
- Keeping up with the drugs even after suffering social, physical, family, and psychological problems
There can be a lot of reasons as to why someone has substance abuse issues; identifying and treating them as part of efficient substance abuse treatment is vital.
Signs Of Substance Abuse
You cannot treat a problem till you know you have a problem. So, you must know what are the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, to identify the problem in yourself or a loved one. Most people who suffer from such issues do not seek out help until someone helps out. Sometimes they need their friends and family to call them out and assist them in getting help.
If you are looking for the kind of behavior an addict might exhibit, here are some things to watch out for:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Changes in appearance
- Mood swings
- Bloodshot eyes
- Changes in appetite
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Suspicious behavior
- Poor health
- Unusual smell
- Slurred speech
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Financial problems that cannot be explained
- Sudden changes in social circles
- The decrease in performance at work or school
These are just a few examples of what to look out for. Everyone is different and that is why only a professional can correctly diagnose this condition. If you are worried for yourself or your friend and family, seek out the help of a professional.
Substance Abuse Treatment Options
There is no one-pronged approach to this problem and there is no magic wand that a doctor or a psychologist will use to fix you. Recovery from addiction and substance use disorder requires commitment and dealing with issues that have caused the problems in the first place. In a quality rehab or recovery center, a treatment plan is made based on what you need. It can be completely different from what another person with similar problems might need. So, getting the right kind of help from experienced professionals is key here.
Any good therapist or healthcare professional will tell you that it is a treatable condition, the treatment is readily available, it can focus on multiple issues, it might address your mental health as well, relapses do happen, and so you need a treatment plan that can be evaluated regularly to provide you the best kind of help.
Once a plan is formed, here are some of the ways a doctor might try to help you:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Holistic Therapy Program
- Intensive Outpatient Rehab Program
- Medication-Assisted Treatment Program
- Outpatient Treatment Program
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Vocational Development Program
Most of these programs focus on providing the tools that can help you cope with the addiction triggers to prevent relapses. In some cases, you might be given medical attention in case you are going through a withdrawal. Afterward, you may be offered a position at the recovery center or be invited to visit to receive the mental health help you need.
Stages Of Substance Use Disorder
Nobody wakes up one day and starts to depend upon such substances. There are several intermingling factors at play, to get to the stage of dependence. Here are the stages of substance use disorder that one might experience:
- In the experimental stage, a person is just having fun (or succumbing to peer pressure) using a particular substance for recreation or treating a little problem they might be having.
- Next comes the regular use stage, where the person changes their behavior and uses the substance to deal with negative feelings.
- In the daily preoccupation stage, the addict becomes preoccupied with drugs and does not care about other things or social norms.
- Then comes the dependence stage, where a person feels unable to face life without using the substance. Here they can experience financial, personal, and legal issues which might affect family or career.
Coastline’s Substance Abuse Treatment Center Programs
Abuse of any type of substance causes devastation to individuals, their families and friends and the most difficult part for many is making that first call for help. At Coastline Behavioral Health our first commitment is to get you the help you need. If we consider another setting to be more appropriate for your substance abuse treatment we will refer you to a reputable recovery center. That said our programs are diverse and provide many treatment options to suit most people. The first step is to make contact with out addiction counselors to discuss your situation. You may also run a quick insurance verification to see what benefits are available to you through your health insurance plan.
The substance abuse treatment programs in California on offer through Coastline Behavioral Health include:
Alcohol Addiction Treatment Program
Marijuana Addiction Treatment Program
Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Program
Opiate Addiction Treatment Program