Substance abuse is the overindulgence of alcohol, illegal drugs, over-the-counter drugs etc. These can be inhaled, injected, smoked, swallowed, providing a temporary psychological change in the body. Substance abuse can lead to dependence syndrome - a cluster of behavioral, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated substance use and that typically include a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state.
When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems.
We work with individuals to understand the pressures of everyday life and how to manage those pressures without using drugs. We incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, group and individual therapy, and family engagement to help you gain valuable coping skills to end drug abuse, as well as manage emotional or psychological problems.