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Substance Abuse

2nd Chance Treatment Center

Addiction Medicine & Psychiatrists located throughout the greater Phoenix, AZ area

Substance abuse affects millions of Americans, but most are unaware they even have a problem. The experienced team at 2nd Chance throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, specializes in drug and alcohol abuse and offers a comprehensive program to help you recover from your substance use problem. To learn more about the substance abuse program for you or a loved one, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse refers to the excessive use of legal or illegal substances, including heroin, prescription painkillers, and alcohol, that alters your thinking and behavior. Substance abuse isn’t the same as addiction, which is a disease. If you suffer from substance abuse, you may be able to stop or change your behavior to eliminate your use of the substance.

It’s not entirely clear why you are at risk of developing a substance abuse problem, but it may be a combination of your genetics, environment, and social activities.

How do I know if I have a substance abuse problem?

You may not realize you have a substance abuse problem. When you first start using a substance, you may feel as though you can control the amount you consume. But over time, you may need to increase the amount you use in order to feel the same effects, leading to an addiction.

Common signs that indicate you have a substance abuse problem include:

  • Stop taking care of yourself
  • Change in eating habits
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Difficulty at work or with family
  • Rapid change in mood

You may also find that you prefer the substance over other activities that used to bring you joy.

What treatment can help me recover from substance abuse?

Admitting that you have a problem is the first step in your recovery from a substance abuse problem. But you don’t have to manage your recovery on your own. The experienced team at 2nd Chance specializes in drug and alcohol abuse and can provide you with the treatment you need to live a healthy, happy life without the substance you abuse.

Your treatment may include behavioral therapy and medication. The psychiatry team at 2nd Chance prescribes evidence-based medications that help you in your recovery process. No matter what substance you abuse, abstinence is always recommended.

Substance abuse isn’t the same as an addiction. However, if you continue to use a behavior-changing substance, an addiction may not be too far away.

To get the expert care you need from a team of kind and compassionate physicians, call 2nd Chance today or request an appointment online.