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 or a loved one may have even tried substance abuse treatment before, but it just didn’t take.

When you or your loved one relies on drugs or alcohol to get through the day and it starts to interfere with work, relationships, and life, it’s essential to get treatment. Without it, you or your loved one may into an even more dangerous drug or alcohol addiction that can have fatal consequences.

Clearview Treatment Programs helps our clients before they get to that point. We provide evidence-based treatment that addresses substance use disorder as well as any underlying mental health conditions to ensure the best chance at recovery.

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What Does Substance Abuse Look Like?

Substance abuse is defined by excessive and regular use of drugs or alcohol, despite harmful consequences. Individuals may experience a variety of different symptoms before deciding to enter a substance abuse treatment clinic. These can include:

Often, when individuals struggle with substance abuse, they also have 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 (PTSD).

An addiction can develop to cope with the symptoms of these disorders, which may only make the symptoms worse. Further, substance abuse may mask the symptoms of any co-occurring disorder, making it difficult to diagnose and properly treat.

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Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction

Successfully treating substance abuse and addiction requires an appropriate detox program, as well as the exploration of the issues that led to substance abuse. It also requires the client to address the symptoms and root causes of any co-occurring mental health disorder.

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 substance abuse, using the most advanced and effective therapies available.

To ensure individuals have a better chance at recovery, we provide multiple levels of care including substance abuse residential treatment and outpatient treatment. Our programs provide clients with the support, structure, and consistency they need throughout treatment. If a client requires detox prior to treatment, we help throughout the process and make it as comfortable as possible. We are also regularly involved with 12-step meetings and relapse-prevention groups.

The most effective substance abuse treatment involves proven therapies, mind/body wellness, and a robust support system. When an individual can commit to entering treatment for substance abuse, recovery is possible.

Substance Abuse FAQs

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 marijuana abuse. Prescription medication and cocaine are the next most commonly abused drugs.

The answer depends on a variety of factors, including age, biological predisposition, and environment. It also depends on your body’s tolerance for the substance you’re using, as drugs can affect people differently. Family history of substance abuse and addiction also contribute to the development of this disorder. If you’re concerned that you may have a drug or alcohol addiction, seek help immediately to get the treatment you need.

Substance abuse can spiral out of control if left untreated with potentially lethal consequences, including overdosing as well an increased risk for neurological impairments, heart and liver disease, participation in dangerous activities (including driving under the influence), self-harmful behaviors, and suicide. Substance abuse shouldn’t be taken lightly, and it’s vital to seek treatment.

With over 20 years of proven experience, Clearview can put you or your loved one on the path to recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

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