What Are Substance Use Disorders?
A substance use disorder occurs when legal or illicit substances are misused or consumed on a recurring basis. Substance use disorder, the medical term for addiction, may impact a person's behavior and brain chemistry, and cause the individual to lack control when it comes to regulating the consumption of an illegal drug, prescription medication, alcohol, nicotine, or other substances. When a substance use disorder is present, a person may continue to consume these substances and carry out harmful or compulsive actions or behaviors regardless of negative outcomes.
Getting professional care for substance abuse is paramount to reducing the risk of an overdose or other health consequences. Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery in Arlington, TX offers outpatient addiction treatment in a safe, trusted environment. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with board-certified addiction psychiatrist Dr. Julie Pittman or a member of our skilled nurse practitioner team.
Substance Use Disorders Reviews
How Are Substance Use Disorders Diagnosed and Treated?
During an initial assessment, our providers will ask a series of questions concerning the use of a substance and how it may be impacting the individual's work, school, social, or other aspects of life. Blood work or other labs may also be performed to help us better understand the patient's overall health and to further render a diagnosis. In a number of cases, there may be a dual diagnosis, which occurs when a substance use disorder is present concurrently with a general psychiatric condition, such as anxiety or depression. Treatments for substance use disorder may involve a combination of behavioral therapy, an intervention program, psychotherapy, medical detox, and addiction medications to help manage cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal.
Outpatient Addiction Treatment
Substance use disorder is a treatable condition that often requires professional care from an addiction medicine specialist. At Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery, we diagnose and treat substance use disorders to help patients overcome addiction and enjoy a better quality of life. To learn more about outpatient addiction treatment and substance use recovery, please contact our Arlington, TX office to schedule an in-person or telehealth visit with Dr. Pittman or one of our nurse practitioners.