Sadly, substance use disorders are among the most stigmatized in our nation. So often, many people avoid seeking treatment out of fear of being labeled, reprimanded, or worse. That is precisely why all of our services, including substance use treatment at our facility is 100% confidential as we believe health and happiness, are a human right and not a news headline.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), “addiction” is defined by the following:

-a chronic disease characterized by drug or alcohol seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite consequences.

 

Despite the tendency for first time use to be voluntary, repeated use can lead to an array of unwanted and health hazardous issues that often destroy the lives of not just the user, but many of the loved ones around them. Our team of mental health professionals come with extensive clinical experience in understanding and diagnosing substance use disorders. We examine many of the psychosocial factors associated with using, screen for potential co-occurring disorders, consider the impact of culture/diversity & socioeconomic status, and then treat each individual with a comprehensive model that embraces sobriety without the overly seen stigma that is associated with treatment.

Symptoms Of Substance Use Disorders

Substance abuse often goes hand in hand with other types of mental disorders. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Certain substances cause people who are addicted to experience symptoms that are a lot like mental health issues.
  • People who already have mental health issues may be drawn to substance use as a form of self-medication and a way to help them cope with the issue.
  • Mental health issues and substance use disorders often share underlying causes like genetic weaknesses, childhood exposure to traumatic experiences, and brain makeup and composition.

Substance use disorders can have different manifestations based on the individual struggling with them. Generally speaking, symptoms can be broken down into behavioral, social, and physical.

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Intense mood swings (i.e. outbursts of anger)
  • No motivation or a lackluster approach toward life
  • Frequently getting into trouble
  • Poor attendance in work or at school

Social Symptoms

  • Sudden financial struggles
  • Change in friend groups and leisure activities
  • Relationship problems with family or friends

Physical Symptoms

  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Lack of appetite
  • Drastic weight loss or weight gain
  • Bloodshot eyes

Contact ViewPoints Psychotherapy To Get The Help You Need

If you — or someone you love are struggling with substance use disorders, don’t wait a moment longer. Get the help you need with ViewPoints Psychotherapy.

Simply fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will reach out to you.