Drug and Substance Abuse Psychiatrist at Aware Behavioral Health
Substance abuse is common. What begins as a medical necessity, recreational choice, or method of coping with a personal challenge or mental health condition can become an addiction. Like many addictions, substance abuse has significant effects on mental health, physical health, career, and relationships. There is often no part of life that addiction does not touch.
This is what makes recovery from addiction so important. Aware Behavioral Health offers substance abuse treatment in Dallas, Bedford, and Fort Worth with Dr. Sehdev, a local psychiatrist and addiction specialist. We use treatments that can include medication, psychotherapy, and more, to help our patients through immediate detox and the months and years beyond.
Addiction recovery is a process, but we are here to give you the support you need. Fill out our contact form or call us at 888-677-4562 to start the substance abuse treatment process with Aware Behavioral Health.
Types of Substance Addictions
Substance abuse disorder can involve both legal and illegal drugs. Some begin with prescribed painkillers or other necessary medications that unfortunately have addictive properties. Many prescription drugs, recreational drugs, and illegal drugs are highly addictive and can be detrimental to long term mental and physical health.
The most addictive substances, and therefore the addictions we most often treat for those with a substance abuse disorder, include:
- Opioids – Opioid addiction treatment is for anyone with a substance abuse disorder involving prescription painkillers, heroin, fentanyl, morphine, and others opiates and opioids.
- Depressants – Alcohol is the most commonly used depressant. Benzodiazepines and barbiturates, often originally prescribed as a sedative for anxiety, users build up a tolerance quickly and can experience extreme withdrawal symptoms.
- Stimulants – This class of drugs includes illegal substances like cocaine and amphetamines as well as prescription drugs used to treat ADHD and nicotine.
- Marijana – Despite its increasingly acceptable use as a medical and recreational drug, some users still find marijana addictive.
- Hallucinogens – LSD, Ecstasy, PCP, and mushrooms are some of the most commonly used hallucinogens that can be habit forming.
- Inhalants – Inhalants are any drug people take by inhaling gasses or fumes. Sources can include aerosols, glues, and prescription nitrites.
Addictions to any one of these substances or other drugs is a disorder, and it is almost impossible to quit drugs without the right support since many of these substances form a dependency and cause severe mental and physical side effects when you go without them. Psychiatry can provide the right treatments to make the process possible.
Our Approach to Substance Abuse Treatment
Detoxing from an addictive substance is an intense challenge all on its own, but it is also only the first step. Recovery from an addiction can take several months as your brain and body adjust to functioning without chemicals or drugs.
Our first part of treatment is managing the withdrawal. During this stage, we may prescribe medications that minimize physical symptoms of dependence and metal stress.
Next we will guide you through the recovery process by reducing the risk of relapse, instilling healthy coping strategies, and addressing other mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. This part of the process may involve:
- Medication – Medication assisted therapy can help mitigate physical withdrawal symptoms and regulate the moods and emotions involved in detox and recovery. There is an extensive range of medications that we can prescribe for addiction treatment depending on the substance involved in the disorder. With an understanding of any past issues with medication abuse, we carefully monitor medications, side effects, and efficacy of any medications.
- Psychotherapy – Otherwise known as talk therapy, this aspect of treatment deals with the mentality behind addiction. Coping methods for stress, anxiety, and the compulsion to use drugs can help you navigate recovery more effectively.
- Additional Support – We can work with other members of your recovery team including doctors, social workers, and family members. Other forms of treatment include assistance in finding resources, skills training, and support groups.
We are there for you at every step with a treatment process we can adjust to meet your needs along the way.
Why Seek Addiction Treatment at Aware Behavioral Health
Choosing to recover from addiction and achieve sobriety is a big step to take towards your mental well-being. It is important to work with a psychiatrist who is as dedicated to your success as you are and has the training and experience to provide the support you need.
Dr. Sehdev at Aware Behavioral Health is a substance abuse psychiatrist who has trained and worked with patients coping with a variety of addictions. He takes a personalized, patient centered approach that uses your experiences and your goals in addition to your diagnosis to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.