Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder is a chronic and relapsing condition characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol use despite the negative consequences that it causes. Substance use disorder involves both physical and psychological dependence on a substance, which can lead to tolerance (needing more of the substance to achieve the desired effect) and withdrawal symptoms (experiencing unpleasant physical and psychological symptoms when trying to stop or reduce substance use).

Substances that can lead to substance use disorder include alcohol, opioids (such as heroin and prescription painkillers), stimulants (such as cocaine and methamphetamine), benzodiazepines (such as Valium and Xanax), and marijuana, among others. Treatment for substance use disorder typically involves a combination of medication-assisted therapy, behavioral therapy, and support groups.

Druggist writing on clipboard side effects, active substance, prescriptions

At Delighted Psychiatry, we will develop a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s needs. We will monitor the patient closely and adjust medications as needed. This may involve changing the dosage, switching to a different medication, or discontinuing medication if it’s not effective. Most importantly, we will provide education, support and information on relapse prevention strategies.