Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve answered some of the most common questions clients ask before their first stay with us.
Substance abuse and addiction may seem like interchangeable words, but in reality, they have different meanings, and it’s essential to understand these differences.
In this blog, we’ll look at the following:
Although substance addiction and substance abuse are often used interchangeably, these terms have different meanings and describe two separate situations.
Substance abuse can be periodic and casual. Using any kind of substance in a way other than directed falls under the definition of substance abuse. Likewise, using illicit substances, even occasionally, is substance abuse.
Substance addiction, on the other hand, is when a substance alters your brain due to the strength of the substance or frequency of use. The brain craves the substance because the reward center triggers feel-good chemicals, leading to addiction.
You can look for the signs of addiction in others and yourself to stay aware of signs of physical dependence on a substance. When determining the risk of addiction, look for the following signs:
In developing an addiction, the body sends messages to the brain that it needs the substance. This leads to preoccupation with finding your next “fix” and maintaining the high the substance provides.
While it depends on the substance being used, addiction can cause physical and mental manifestations due to changes in the body and brain. Risks can be fatal when a drug is high in potency, used in high doses, or combined with other substances.
It’s challenging to name symptoms of alcohol or drug addiction because different substances affect the body differently. You may also experience a substance in ways another person doesn’t due to numerous factors (e.g., dose, existing health problems, co-current drugs or alcohol use, age, weight, gender, etc.).
Addiction is a severe problem that must be addressed. As it progresses, symptoms can grow to be more frequent or intense. As tolerance builds up, the body will crave more of the substance and increase the risk of an overdose and long-term health problems.
The first “unofficial” step in the addiction treatment process is recognition. You must see the reality of your problem to see improvements in treatment. Once the official treatment process begins, you’ll start by detoxing from the substance. This is done safely through medical supervision, medication assistance, and practicing healthy coping to overcome cravings.
Substance abuse is when you use a substance in a way other than instructed, as stated on the substance’s container or by a health professional. Using illicit substances is also a form of substance abuse due to being illegal and the risks associated with any dose of the substance.
Even the most basic forms of substances, such as headache medicines or cough syrup, can be abused when misused. In the case of frequent use due to ongoing issues such as migraines or stomach pains, it’s important to talk with your doctor to find a safe method of treating health concerns.
Treatment for substance use disorders involves a combination of medication and therapies. Having supportive people such as medical professionals, family, and friends is important as you go through treatment. While each rehab center may differ slightly in how they approach addiction treatment, it typically looks like an individualized plan with the following attributes:
Treatment varies depending on factors like whether you’re doing an inpatient or outpatient program, the severity of the addiction, and how involved the family is. Finding a rehab focused on making you a plan that’s individualized and tends to your unique situation is essential.
Our integrative medicine addiction centers offer a personal, practical approach to substance abuse and addiction. Located in beautiful, sunny Scottsdale, AZ, our team of professionals helps you as the patient design a treatment plan that caters to your needs.
We offer a variety of therapies and holistic options, including BioFeedback, EMDR, and equine therapy, to name a few. Please reach out today to learn more about how our programs can serve your sobriety goals. We look forward to hearing from you!