Substance Abuse Treatment
People abuse substances for various reasons. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, substance abuse can be characterized as mild, moderate or severe depending on certain diagnostic criteria.
At Continuum Recovery Center, we treat all substance abuse disorders. Clients take part in our outpatient recovery program that features cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, 12-step support groups and more.
Let’s learn more about the different types of substance abuse that we treat at Continuum Recovery Center.
Substance Abuse Treatment in Phoenix AZ
- Alcohol use disorder. As an outpatient facility, we’re able to treat individuals that have moderate to severe drinking problems. You do not need to wait for rock bottom. Getting help for an alcohol dependency early on increases the chances for a healthy recovery.
- Cannabis use disorder. Marijuana is the most widely used drug in the United States, after alcohol and tobacco. The lenience that many states have has only given users the false reality that the drug is safe. Marijuana can lead to the use of other drugs and create withdrawal effects in some users.
- Stimulant use disorder. Illicit stimulants include cocaine and methamphetamines. Prescription stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, are used to treat attention-deficit disorders like ADD and ADHD. Unfortunately, people often abuse prescription stimulants to get a “high.” This is dangerous and addictive.
- Opioid use disorder. Our nation is currently fighting an opioid crisis. Heroin is an illegal opioid drug, whereas fentanyl and pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone are synthetic. Both illegal and legal opioids are dangerous and potentially fatal, especially when combined with other substances.
- Hallucinogen use disorder. Hallucinogens are drugs that produce visual and auditory hallucinations, with the most common being LSD. These substances can lead to extreme paranoia and anxiety, plus put people in high-risk situations.
Risk Factors for Substance Abuse
One of the biggest questions that people ask is why substance abuse affects some people and not others. How could two people experiment with marijuana and alcohol and one turns out fine and the other gets addicted? It all comes down to genetic, environmental and social factors that come together to create the perfect storm.
The following risk factors can raise a person's risk for needing substance abuse treatment in Phoenix AZ.
- Immediate family members with drug or alcohol problems
- Access to drugs or alcohol in the home
- Lack of nurturing or parental attachment
- Poor social skills and coping skills
- Co-occurring disorders such as depression
- Association with rebellious peer groups
- Acceptance of illegal substances in the home
- Chaotic home environment
Just as there are factors that can raise a person’s risk of developing an addiction, there are ones that can protect them. Raising a young person in a home with parental monitoring and zero tolerance for underage drinking and drug use are examples of protective factors.
It’s important to recognize protective factors because the children of addicts are not “doomed” as some people assume. During substance abuse treatment in Phoenix AZ, we work closely with families to teach them how to form safe, supportive and loving environments for everyone involved. With proper education and intervention, the cycle of abuse can be stopped.
When to Seek Treatment for Drug or Alcohol Abuse
It’s common for addicts and their family members to wait for the “right” time to start treatment. The addict may not want to admit their problem, while family members may be in denial.
Waiting for things to get worse is never beneficial. The sooner you can get yourself or a loved one care, the better. Not only will the abuse be easier to treat but also there are usually fewer legal and financial problems. By continuing to abuse drugs and alcohol, the risk of sexual assault, domestic violence, driving under the influence, stealing and lying all increase.
Still, it can be helpful to know which signs to look for in yourself or a loved one. Addiction is a hard thing to admit, and some people will continue making excuses or defending their habit. Here is what we recommend paying close attention to.
- Using drugs or alcohol regularly
- Experiencing intense cravings when the substance isn’t available
- Needing more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects (tolerance)
- Consuming more alcohol than intended
- Maintaining a certain amount of the substance at all times
- Spending money on alcohol even when you can’t afford it
- Failing at work/family responsibilities and obligations
- Continuing to use drugs and alcohol despite consequences
- Acting out in unusual ways such as lying or stealing
- Participating in high-risk activities such as drinking and driving
- Spending your free time thinking about, getting and using the substance
- Failing at stopping the drug use
At Continuum Recovery Center, you can receive the help you need in a sober, supportive environment. Clients receive residential-style substance abuse treatment in phoenix while retreating to our staffed houses in the evening. To learn more about our intensive outpatient services, call us today.