Substance Abuse Evaluations and Treatment
You may be familiar with the cycle of substance abuse – maybe too familiar. You feel controlled by your behavior, or you’ve noticed a loved one is stuck in the cycle. It may seem impossible to break the recurrence because past attempts to break the cycle have been futile or were met with aggression. If you feel that you or someone you love is stuck in the cycle of substance abuse, you are among millions who experience the pain of addiction.
Genetic, psychological, and social factors all contribute to your chance of developing this detrimental condition. Even though you can’t control all these factors all the time, you can claim the power to overcome addiction.
No matter what you are addicted to – alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication, or illegal drugs – the symptoms of addiction are universal.
- Continued use despite knowing the impending harm to yourself
- Erratic behavior or mood swings
- An intense and seemingly uncontrollable substance craving
- Pursuing the substance despite its detriment to your job, relationships, health and financial stability
- Use of substance daily or several times a day because of a built-up tolerance
- Inability to stop ‘cold-turkey,’ despite continuous attempts
Though substance abuse for teenagers has declined, it still remains a problem. If you are a parent and believe that your teenager may have a problem with substance abuse, there are several signs to look for:
- Sudden problems in school: getting in trouble or a decrease in grades
- Physical health issues: exhaustion, confusion, paranoia
- Demanding extreme privacy beyond reason: refusing to discuss their daily activities, to introduce you to their friends, or to inform you of what they do when out of the house.
- Asking for money constantly with no clear evidence of what was bought, or an unwillingness to disclose why the money is needed.
Medical Treatment and Therapy
Contrary to how you may feel, your addiction does not define who you are. It is merely a symptom of a more serious underlying need, perhaps a complex health condition. Like other health issues, it’s very common to ask for help on the road to recovery. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about getting help.
If you think you may have a substance abuse problem, or if you have a friend or family member who may, get an evaluation with a trained professional as soon as possible in order to determine appropriate care. To reduce your risk of life-altering consequences, the sooner you seek restoration the better.