A substance abuse disorder, commonly known as a drug or alcohol addiction, is defined as the inability to control the urge to use any illegal or legal drug to the point that it affects multiple aspects of an individual’s life. Commonly abused drugs include alcohol, nicotine, opioids, cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, and marijuana. Addiction can change the way an individual behaves, thinks, and reacts to situations and can have a drastic impact on the individual’s family and loved ones.
- According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017.
- Substance use disorders cost American society more than $740 billion annually in lost workplace productivity, healthcare expenses, and crime-related costs.
- From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 Americans died from an overdose.
- On average, 30 Americans die each day in an alcohol-related car accident, and six Americans die every day from alcohol poisoning.
- Approximately 130 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose.
Signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction
- Drastic changes in weight and appetite
- Abnormal sleep patterns
- Risky behaviors including stealing, sexual promiscuity, truancy, and driving under the influence
- Physical withdrawal symptoms
- Neglect in physical appearance/hygiene
- Mood swings and abnormal behavior
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Increase tolerance for alcohol and drugs
- Interpersonal conflicts
- A decline in work or academic performance
- Spending more money than usual
- Loss of control
- Physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, abdominal pains, and skin infections for unknown reasons
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders go hand-in-hand. When an individual is diagnosed with both they are known to have a co-occurring disorder, once known as dual diagnosis. Often, individuals will present to a treatment center for a substance use addiction and will be diagnosed with an underlying mental health disorder. Addiction usually develops as a poor coping mechanism to deal with the underlying mental health disorder or vice versa. Therefore, a substance use disorder can lead to a mental health disorder, and a mental health disorder can lead to a substance use disorder. It is essential to identify and treat both disorders simultaneously; otherwise, if one disorder is left untreated, the individual is at high risk for relapse.
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Substance abuse treatment programs are designed to help individuals safely withdrawal from addictive substances such as heroin, opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamines. AKUA Mind & Body uses medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in combination with psychotherapy approaches. Psychotherapy modalities include such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, family therapy, and trauma-based therapy approaches in a wide variety of different levels of care depending on the severity of the addiction. AKUA Mind & Body offers multiple levels of care, including detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient programs, and aftercare alumni program
AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Optum, Humana, United Healthcare, Allcare Health, Highmark, Oscar, UPMC Health Plan, MetLife and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Multi Plan, Beacon, Magellen, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HMC Health Works, Western Health Advantage, and Tricare.
The specialists at AKUA Drug treatment Newport Beach believe in treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating the diagnosis. Each client has unique treatment timeline involving a collaborative effort from every member of the treatment team.
Maybe you are a 26-year-old female who is struggling with body dissatisfaction fueled by depression, which has developed into a cocaine addiction. Maybe you are a 45-year-old male working in corporate America, drinking excessively to cope with your anxiety despite your loving family.
No matter who you are and what your story is, AKUA Mind and Body believes in tailoring their treatment program to fit your needs so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from addictive substances and the pain of underlying disorders.