Addiction and Substance Abuse Treatment
The treatment system for substance use disorders is comprised of multiple service components, including the following:
- Medication management
- Individual and group counseling
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Recovery support services
- 12-Step fellowship
- Peer supports
- Inpatient and residential treatment
Diagnosing a Substance Abuse Problem
Diagnosing a drug addiction does not solely depend on determining the physical manifestations of the drug addict. Instead, licensed professionals use a series of both physical and behavioral diagnostic criteria to determine if you have an addiction. These criteria include:
- Inability to cease using drugs.
- Inability to meet obligations at work, in the family or to friends.
- Withdrawal symptoms occur when drug use is stopped.
- Physical tolerance to the effects of the drug.
- Compulsive use of the drug, even when harmful consequences are recognized.
A person does not have to meet all of these points to have an addiction. Some drugs do not create physical tolerance or withdrawal symptoms. Some people may experience a compulsive need to use drugs and may still be able to maintain their employment and social obligations. If you suspect you may have a drug addiction, our team at AZITTS will meet with you to address your questions.
Drug and alcohol addictions do not fit neatly into a box. Just as the individuals who struggle with them are unique, so are these situations. Due to this, a variety of treatment options exist—not every treatment method is right for every person. It may seem daunting to you to consider the many options that exist to treat substance use and addiction. At AZITTS, we strive to educate the patient and family to make an informed choice regarding their treatment. Certain guidelines exist to aid individuals, their families, and their care providers in finding not only the type but the level of care that will best serve their needs. This is an especially pertinent concern when an individual is detoxing or withdrawing from drugs and/or alcohol.
What sort of substance abuse treatment do I need?
Firstly, you need to be very honest with your treatment provider so that they can best help you. It is strongly recommended that you never attempt to detox on your own without medical supervision, as it can not only be very uncomfortable but even dangerous in the capacity that it could endanger your life. For this reason, we urge you to seek professional supervision, so that your detox can be planned accordingly and monitored to ensure the best and safest outcome.
At AZITTS, our practitioners are licensed to prescribe medication to treat substance use disorders. At AZITTS, we adhere to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) six dimensions providing a holistic, biopsychosocial assessment to meet your needs. AZITTS provides a combination of medications and behavioral therapies to address substance abuse disorders.