Substance Abuse Issues
Substance abuse issues are often challenging issues to face, as acknowledgement and behavioral change can be met with resistance, fueling a cycle of addiction and withdrawal. These addictive substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, medications or illicit drugs, affect the brain’s chemistry in very powerful and disruptive ways. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence likens these addictions to a disease. Willpower alone is not enough to ensure a path to abstinence. Shame and stigma can also create barriers to pursuing treatment, but when these addictions permeate one’s daily habits, it is important to seek professional help.
Oftentimes those who experience substance abuse issues are attempting to self-medicate difficult emotions or circumstances, or perhaps an underlying health condition. Therefore, the relationship between substance abuse issues and mental health symptoms are intertwined. Medications are increasingly used as successful methods of treatment for substance abuse issues, used in conjunction with other approaches such as talk therapy or support groups.
Mind Body Psychiatry practitioners provide these methods of treatment free of judgment, working with clients to clarify goals and supporting them in their progress. The goals of treatment vary for every individual and their needs, varying from total abstinence to harm reduction approaches.