Our providers have extensive experience with addiction and substance abuse treatment.
You have to trust that full recovery is possible for you. With the right mindset, you can overcome the worst of addiction.
Alcoholism and addiction are undoubtedly the most stigmatized and misunderstood illnesses in our society. Addiction is a chronic condition and should be treated as such; it occurs when the substance being abused changes the chemical activity in your brain. Any drug can be abused, from prescription medications to alcohol and illicit drugs. While illicit drugs are abused any time they are used, prescription medications are considered abused any time they are used in a manner other than as indicated by the prescribing clinician.
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People begin to abuse substances for any number of reasons, and often times substance abuse is a comorbid disorder. The high rate of comorbidity between substance abuse and other mental health illnesses calls for a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. The key is identifying the ailments and getting to the root of the issue in order to begin the healing process.
Find the right treatment.
Minimize effects of chronic health conditions
• Break the addictive cycle
• Learn about addiction
• Deep dive into underlying issues
• Establish Healthy Boundaries
• Create better self-care habits
There are many reasons people do not seek treatment for their substance abuse issues, ranging from their denial of a problem to guilt and shame to not knowing how/when to seek help. Many times a person will put themselves in treatment when they accept they have an issue and are ready to get help, but often times it happens through family and friends intervening. If you are concerned for yourself or someone you know, it is ok to reach out for help.
Help is available
Signs of substance abuse and addiction include:
• Sudden mood swings; irritability
• Unexplained change in personality or attitude
• Lack of motivation
•Periods of unusual hyperactivity
• Bloodshot eyes
• Sudden weight loss or gain
• Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Loss of interest in hobbies and social activities
• Drop in attendance and performance at school/work
• Secretive or suspicious behavior
PSYCHOLOGICAL & BEHAVIORAL SIGNS OF ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Understand the signs
Your first step is to call us to schedule your initial appointment.
Your initial evaluation session provides an opportunity for you to build rapport with the psychiatrist/therapist and provide them with some background about yourself and the reasons you are seeking Addiction/Substance Abuse Treatment. In addition to seeing if you will be a good candidate for treatment, they will be able to answer your questions regarding services, confidentiality, and what to expect in treatment. With your best interests in mind, you will decide together what kind of treatment will benefit you the most.
At the end of your first session, if you decide to move forward and work with that psychiatrist, you will be asked to schedule further appointments. At your second appointment, you will work with your therapist to set goals for your overall mental health experience and then begin working together towards achieving them.
At Dr. Ditzell Psychiatry our patients have and always will be our number one priority; we take their health and well-being very seriously and are pleased to be able to offer Addiction & Substance Abuse treatment in a manner like no other practice we’ve come across.
Dr. Ditzell has extensive experience with substance abuse treatment, having completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry and certifications for Buprenorphine for office-based treatment of opiate-dependent patients. Dr. Ditzell will meet his patient where they are and helpfully guide them through the recovery process. For more information on Dr. D’s experience and approach to substance abuse treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us at +1 646 751 7908.