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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
There are many factors to consider when determining if you or a loved one have a drug addiction. While this does not replace the need to seek medical attention, we have compiled some commonly asked questions and answers to help educate and inform you on substance abuse. Please call our office today if you or a loved one are suffering from a drug addiction.
I AM SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION
What is the difference between “traditional“ rehab and medical-assisted rehab?
Medical-assisted rehab is primarily used in conjunction with “traditional” rehab. Patients still go through withdrawal and detoxification, but the use of medical-assisted rehab will help decrease the chances of relapse.
What are some signs of alcoholism?
Some common signs that you are suffering from alcoholism include being unable to stop drinking once you’ve started, “blacking out” frequently, and having withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink.
Can I be addicted to more than one drug?
Yes, the term is polysubstance abuse. Polysubstance abuse occurs when your body builds up such a tolerance to a single drug that the effect will no longer do. The individual begins to combine substances to feel the effects again, increasing the danger of consumption.
Do I still go through withdrawal with medical-assisted drug abuse treatment?
Withdrawal happens to most people who stop the prolonged use of a substance. Medical-assisted drug abuse treatment will not eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal but there are non-addictive prescriptions that can be administered to alleviate some symptoms.
Can drug abuse lead to mental health issues?
While there is no direct correlation between drug abuse and mental health issues, abusing drugs can increase symptoms of mental health diseases such as hallucinations and extreme paranoia.
How can I tell if I have a chemical dependency?
A chemical dependency involves your body becoming reliant on a chemical or substance in order to function. If you need more of the drug or substance to get the same effect, or have withdrawal symptoms then you may have a dependency.
MY LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION
What are some signs my loved one is suffering from an addiction?
Some signs to look for in a loved one you suspect is struggling with addiction include negligence towards responsibilities like showing up to work, unusual and extreme displays of emotions such as hysteria or anger, changes in sleeping patterns, and fluctuations in their finances (i.e. asking for money).
How can I help someone who suffers from alcoholism?
Approaching someone with an addiction is never easy. We recommend being honest and open about your concerns and feelings. Contacting a qualified interventionist is a great way to get additional help.
How can I share medical-assisted treatment with my loved one?
One of the best things to share with your loved one about our treatment is that they can continue to live their normal life while being treated by Dr. Njapa. Then, simply share our website with them and encourage them to book an appointment.
Can I seek help for my loved one without their consent?
Unfortunately, you cannot coerce someone to begin rehab, the individual must be willing.
Can I stop my loved one from abusing prescription drugs?
Unfortunately, you cannot coerce someone into facing addiction. We recommend calling our offices to schedule an appointment for your loved one suffering from prescription drug abuse.
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