Substance Abuse

Overcoming Addictions LLC -  - Addiction Treatment Center

Overcoming Addictions LLC

Addiction Treatment Center located in Minneapolis, MN

If you have uncontrollable cravings for alcohol or drugs, or you can’t stop taking them without feeling sick, it’s time to talk with board-certified specialists and professionals at Overcoming Addictions LLC. They have decades of experience helping people detox from substance abuse. They know what works and what doesn’t, and they combine their expertise with personal attention to produce long-lasting results. If you need help for substance abuse, schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment today. Call the office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where professional staff stand ready to help around the clock.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse (also called substance use disorder) means that you excessively use drugs or drink alcohol. Substance use disorder encompasses broad levels of abuse, from moderate overuse to chemical dependency.

You can abuse many different substances, including:

  • Opioids
  • Alcohol
  • Hallucinogens
  • Stimulants
  • Inhalants
  • Sedatives
  • Prescription drugs
  • Club drugs (PCP, ecstasy, and others)

Though you can overuse any of these substances without becoming dependent, the more you use them, the closer you come to crossing the line from abuse to addiction. 

What symptoms indicate I have a substance abuse problem?

These symptoms are all signs of substance abuse that’s turning into a dependency:

  • Wanting to cut back but not being able to
  • Spending too much time using or recovering from the substance
  • Failing to meet your work or family responsibilities
  • Giving up social or recreational activities to take drugs
  • Continuing to use the substance when you know it’s a problem
  • Needing larger amounts to get the same feeling
  • Having withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the substance
  • Having an uncontrollable urge for the substance

When symptoms like nausea and shakiness improve by taking more of your drug, it’s a sure sign of substance abuse. 

How is substance abuse treated? 

The first step for treating substance abuse is detoxing to clear it out of your body. Detoxing should always be done under the close supervision of Overcoming Addictions LLC. They prescribe medications that let you safely detox by preventing withdrawal symptoms and stopping cravings.

The length of time you need to stay on medically assisted treatment (MAT) depends on the severity of your usage and in many cases, on the substance you take. For example, it takes longer to get over opioid withdrawal symptoms compared with most other substances. 

In addition to medication, Overcoming Addictions LLC provides therapy. MAT helps you detox and restores normal brain chemistry, but therapy gives you the coping skills you need to prevent a relapse while moving forward into a thriving life.

You can get all of your treatment in the privacy of your own home by requesting telehealth appointments. Or you can meet your therapist on-site in their peaceful, private office.

If you have questions about substance abuse or need help detoxing, call Overcoming Addictions LLC or schedule an appointment over the phone. They answer the phone 24/7, so help is always at hand.

 

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