If you abuse substances like prescriptions, pain management medicine, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and find the substance is creating problems in your life and health, you may have substance use disorder. Caroline Browne, LCSW, at Kente Therapy Space LCSW PLLC, in Yonkers, New York, holds a credential in alcohol and substance abuse, who offers personalized therapy to support your recovery. Don’t wait until addiction ruins your life. Call Kente Therapy Space today or request an appointment online.
Substance use disorder is a mental health condition where you become addicted to harmful substances. The most common addictions include:
These substances offer temporary highs that seem entirely pleasurable at first. But as you continue to use these substances, their effects reduce. You start taking more or changing how you use the substance.
In time, you’ll need to take higher doses just to function. Meanwhile, your body and mind suffer from the adverse effects of using these substances. Addiction can take over your life so that all you focus on is getting your next dose. Work, family, relationships, and ambitions all take a distant second place to your addiction.
If you overdose or develop a health problem because of your addiction, you can die. Please note Narcan is now available over the counter, is FDA approved to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.
If you need increasingly large amounts of a substance and thinking about your next dose occupies your thoughts, you likely have a substance use disorder.
People with substance use disorder can’t stop using the harmful substance they’re addicted to. If they can’t get a supply soon enough, withdrawal sets in — a deeply unpleasant period causing symptoms like:
Substance use disorder can also trigger behaviors like theft and other illegal activities to pay for the addiction.
One of the most successful approaches to treating substance use disorder is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) provided by a physician. Attending psychotherapy (talk therapy) sessions can help to address the root causes of use, and prevent relapse.
Caroline at Kente Therapy Space is a credentialed alcoholism, substance abuse counselor (CASAC). She’s certified to provide diagnostic assessments, evaluations, interventions, referrals, and substance use disorder counseling in individual and group settings.
Caroline tailors your substance use disorder therapy to suit your specific needs.
Call Kente Therapy Space today or book an appointment online if you recognize the signs of substance use disorder and want expert help with your addiction.