Substance Abuse and Addiction
You know you or a loved one have a problem abusing drugs or alcohol, but you may not know how to stop. You may have even tried substance abuse treatment before, but it just didn’t take.
When you find yourself relying on drugs or alcohol to get through the day, and it’s interfering with work, relationships, and life, it’s important to get treatment. Without it, you may find yourself slipping into a more dangerous drug or alcohol addiction that can have fatal consequences.
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Clearview Treatment Programs can help you stop your substance abuse before it gets to that point. At our premier substance abuse treatment center in Los Angeles, we provide evidence-based treatment that will help you to end your substance abuse. We aim to treat not just your substance abuse, but the underlying issues that led to your substance abuse so that you have the best chance at recovery.
What Does Substance Abuse Look Like?
Substance abuse is defined as excessive and regular use of drugs or alcohol, despite negative consequences. You may experience a variety of different symptoms before you decide to enter a substance abuse treatment clinic. These can include:
- Increased tolerance for drugs or alcohol
- Failure to fulfill major life obligations
- Difficulties with relationships and increased conflict
- An inability to control or reduce the amount of drugs or alcohol you are using
- Increased time looking for and getting substance to use
- Sacrificing activities you enjoy to instead use
- Engaging in dangerous behaviors while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, sweating, depression, insomnia, tremors, and increased heart rate
Many times, if you are struggling with substance abuse, you are also struggling with a co-occurring mental health disorder. Disorders that commonly co-occur with addiction include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
An addiction can develop as a way to cope with the symptoms of these disorders, which may only exacerbate the symptoms. Further, substance abuse may mask the symptoms of any co-occurring disorder, making it difficult to diagnose and properly treat another disorder.
Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction
Successfully treating substance abuse or addiction requires you to detox from your substance of choice and explore those issues that led to your substance abuse. It also requires that you address the symptoms and root of any co-occurring disorder you may be experiencing.
At Clearview, we are experts in treating substance abuse, addiction, and dual diagnosis. For more than a decade, we have helped countless men and women recover from their substance abuse, using the most up-to-date and effective therapies available.
To help you have a better chance at success, we provide all levels of care: substance abuse residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient treatment. By doing so, we make sure you get the support, structure, and consistency you need throughout treatment.
If you require detox before beginning treatment, we can help you through the process and try to make it as comfortable as possible. During your time with us, you will have regular involvement with 12-step meetings and relapse-prevention groups.
The most effective substance abuse treatment involves proven therapies, mind/body wellness, and a strong support system. When you can commit to entering treatment for substance abuse, recovery is possible.
Substance Abuse FAQs
What are the most commonly abused drugs in the United States?
Alcohol and marijuana are the two most commonly abused drugs in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In 2012, nearly 18 million people in the U.S. had problems with substance abuse and about 4 million met the criteria for abuse of marijuana. Prescription medication and cocaine are the next most commonly abused drugs.
How fast can I become addicted to drugs or alcohol?
The answer to this depends on a variety of factors, including your age, biological predisposition, and environment. It also depends on your body’s tolerance for the particular substance you are using, as a drug may affect you in a completely different way than it affects someone else. One telling factor on if you will develop an addiction is your family history of substance abuse and addiction. If you are concerned that you may have a drug or alcohol addiction, seek help immediately and get the treatment you need.
What’s the worst that can happen if I don’t get substance abuse treatment?
Substance abuse can spiral out of control if left untreated, with potentially lethal results. Those can include overdose, increased risk for neurological impairments and heart and liver disease, participation in dangerous activities (including driving under the influence), self-harmful behaviors, and suicide. As you can see, substance abuse shouldn’t be taken lightly, and treatment should be sought out.