Substance Abuse Treatment - Houston

Substance Abuse is the excessive use of a drug or substance, despite the harmful consequences that may occur. Individuals that abuse certain drugs or substances become addicted to these substances and cannot control their ability to resist the intense urges to take them. This abuse can affect a person's physical health and personal or social functioning. Substance abuse can include regular, excessive, or compulsive and/or the habitual use of illegal or prescription drugs and other harmful substances. Severe substance abuse can destroy relationships, end careers, and lead to stroke, heart disease, brain damage, cancer, and even death.

Causes of Substance Abuse

The exact cause of substance abuse, however, is not known, but genes, the type of drug used, physical pain, emotional distress and other health problems can all be factors. Individuals who may be at a greater risk for substance abuse or dependence may include those who:

  • Are experiencing physical pain due to illness, injury or trauma
  • Are depressed
  • Have bipolar, schizophrenic or anxiety disorders
  • Have easy access to drugs
  • Have low self-esteem
  • Have relatives with an alcohol or drug dependencies
  • Have problems with relationships
  • Experience severe economic or emotional stress
  • Live in a culture with an great social acceptance of drug use
  • Have post-traumatic stress disorder

Types of Substance Abuse

Individuals may abuse substances that are legal or illegal. Abused substances commonly produce some form of intoxication that alters judgment, perception, or physical control. Substance abuse may include the abuse of drugs or substances including:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Narcotics
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhaled Chemicals
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco

Treatment of Substance Abuse

Treatment for substance abuse may vary, but the common goal is to help the individual stop abusing drugs or other substances, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and sustain a productive family and professional life. The first step in successful treatment of substance abuse often begins with admitting that they have a problem and need help. Treatments may differ based on the individual and the specific substance that is being abused. Common treatment options may include:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Medication
  • Support groups
  • Residential treatment programs

In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is an effective form of treatment for substance abuse. A life-long commitment to sobriety can be crucial to a person's success in achieving and maintaining a drug-free lifestyle.


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