Understanding Use of Susbtance

What is a Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorders are a class of diagnoses that health professionals use to describe individuals struggling with drugs or alcohol. Substance use disorders can look different from person to person, including the number of symptoms that a person experiences. As a result, when a person is given a substance use disorder diagnosis, they are given a specifier mild, moderate, or severe, which is based on the number of symptoms that an individual presents with.

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The signs

What Are the Signs of Substance Use Disorders?

When someone is struggling with a drug or alcohol concern, they will have changes in their behaviors. Individuals living with an addiction often focus on their next use, which changes their mindset. Their addiction can interfere with work, social relationships, and finances, and lead to legal concerns. They may spend less time with their family and friends and partaking in their previously enjoyed hobbies. Family and friends may notice that the individual is not honest with them or manipulates situations in ways they didn’t before.

When individuals are focused on their addiction, it means that they are likely neglecting their physical health, and may have changes in their hygiene routine. This can include unintended weight loss, unhealthy sleep patterns, nutritional deficiencies, and changes in their grooming. If an individual has been using drugs intravenously, you may notice markings on their body.

If you or a loved one has been struggling with a substance abuse disorder, ARTS IOP can provide you with dual-diagnosis treatment in the Los Angeles area. Our dual-diagnosis treatment program can provide you with both addiction and mental health treatment at the same time which research has found to be the best approach for individuals with both concerns. Call today to learn more.

How to treat

How to Treat Substance Abuse Disorders?

When someone is struggling with a substance use disorder, they can enroll in an inpatient treatment program or outpatient treatment program. Licensed Professionals will provide an assessment that looks at the severity of a person’s addiction to determine which level of care would be the best fit for them.
Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can be used as an added source of support for individuals engaging in addiction treatment and those not currently in treatment.

Another form of treatment commonly used with those who struggle with addiction is Medication-Assisted Treatment, commonly known as MAT. MAT occurs when an individual work with a medical professional regarding the use of medications that can support their recovery. As an example, someone who is struggling with an opioid use disorder may benefit from the use of buprenorphine or naltrexone.

Substance abuse and mental health treatment in the San Fernando Valley is available at ARTS IOP. We provide holistic care that addresses all areas of your life that were impacted by your substance use. To learn more about how ARTS IOP can support you, we invite you to call now.

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What Are Mental Health Disorders?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a tool used by medical and mental health professionals regarding mental health disorders. There are a variety of mental health disorders that individuals can live with. When someone struggles with a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, they are living with what we call a dual diagnosis. Common dual diagnoses found among those living with a substance use disorder include anxiety disorder, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, trauma disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and some personality disorders.

If you have been searching for substance abuse and mental health treatment in the Los Angeles area, we encourage you to call today to speak with an ARTS IOP representative. Our Licensed Professionals will work with you to determine which treatment program would be the best fit for you, and determine if you would benefit from other treatment options we offer. Call today to learn more.

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What Are the Signs of a Mental Health Disorder?

The signs and symptoms caused by mental health disorders will be dependent on the mental health disorder that the individual is living with.
As an example, someone who is living with depression may struggle with hopelessness, isolation, suicidal thoughts, have a history of suicide attempts, struggle with sleep, have a loss of appetite, and have unintended weight loss. Someone who is living with bipolar disorder may experience similar depressive symptoms in addition to manic or hypomanic symptoms. Manic symptoms can include:

Having an increased amount of energy with a decrease in sleep.
Feeling as though you can accomplish more.
Talking faster.

Individuals who experience a manic episode are in need of mental health care and should be brought to a hospital for an assessment.
If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health symptoms, we encourage you to reach out to your primary care physician or other health care provider for support. Professionals are able to talk to you about your concerns and provide you with an appropriate referral. ARTS IOP is a substance use disorder and mental health disorder treatment facility in the San Fernando Valley. We offer a dual-diagnosis treatment program that can be tailored to your needs. We work with individuals who are living with a variety of mental health concerns. To learn more about our available treatment options, we invite you to call today.


How to Treat Mental Health Disorders

Research has shown that for many mental health concerns, a combination of psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can help you feel your best. Psychotherapy can include inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, which can use individual therapy, group therapy, or a combination of both. Psychotropic medications can be used on a short-term basis, or as a long-term tool to manage mental health concerns.

If you are living with a substance abuse disorder and a mental health concern, you may worry about finding a treatment program that can help you. Mental health research has shown us that the most effective approach for individuals who have both a substance abuse concern and a mental health disorder is to receive treatment for both concerns at the same time. To learn more about how our dual-diagnosis program can help you, we encourage you to call today.

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How Are Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Related

For many, substance use disorders and mental health concerns are intertwined. There are a few ways that this can look. As an example, some individuals use substances to cope with emotional distress and other uncomfortable mental health symptoms. If substance use is a person’s primary coping skill, when they stop using substances, they lack appropriate coping skills when they feel distressed. Alternatively, individuals may develop mental health concerns such as anxiety and depressive symptoms as a result of their substance abuse. In this situation, as a person progresses through their recovery, they may find their mental health concerns worsening. While these two examples can be seen among individuals living with an addiction, there are other ways that substance use disorders and mental health disorders can coexist. The takeaway here should be that if you are living with a mental health and substance use disorder, your ideal treatment program would be one that offers treatment for both concerns. If you are looking for substance abuse and mental health treatment in the San Fernando Valley, we encourage you to call and speak with an ARTS IOP representative about how our addiction treatment program can support you.

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