Substance Abuse & Addiction Treatment In Castle Rock and Pueblo

If you think substance abuse is starting to affect your daily activities and quality of life, the first place to start is talking to a healthcare or behavioral professional.

What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse occurs when someone has difficulty controlling the impulses to use a specific substance, such as drugs (prescription, non-prescription or illegal) and alcohol. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines substance use disorder as a brain disease characterized by repeated substance use despite negative effects. The compulsion to use these substances becomes so overwhelming that it begins to interfere with daily activities, life responsibilities, relationships, and overall health.

The negative effects of substance abuse spread wide through families and communities. Substance abuse is directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Sadly, many of the deaths have involved innocent bystanders, family members and friends. It is a significant public health concern is associated with higher rates of domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, familial stress, poor job performance, and the spread of communicable diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV.

What are the Symptoms of Substance Abuse?

Signs and symptoms of substance abuse can vary depending on the substance but the presence of some of the following symptoms can raise concerns for substance abuse:

It is estimated that genetics increase an individual’s chances of developing a substance abuse disorder by upwards of 40-60%. Certain risk factors can also increase the chances of substance abuse. These include but are not limited to: physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, trauma, seeing substance abuse in peers or family, mental health disordersanxietydepression, and adolescence.

How is Substance Abuse Treated?

Treatment depends on the type and degree of substance abuse, however, most start with some form of medically supervised detoxification. The process of detoxification allows for a safe and monitored clearance of the substance from the body with supportive care available.

Following detox, counseling and medication can help sustain avoidance of the substances and help prevent relapses.

If you or someone close to you are ready to talk about a substance abuse issue, we are here to help. Call Clarity Mental Health in Castle Rock or Pueblo to learn more or schedule a telehealth appointment online today.

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