Alcoholism and drug dependence and addiction, known as substance use disorders, are complex problems. People with these disorders once were thought to have a character defect or moral weakness; some people mistakenly still believe that. However, most scientists and medical researchers now consider dependence on alcohol or drugs to be a long term illness, like asthma, hypertension (high blood pressure), or diabetes. Most people who drink alcohol drink very little, and many people can stop taking drugs without a struggle. However, some people develop a substance use disorder—use of alcohol or drugs that is compulsive or dangerous (or both).
Symptoms of Substance Abuse Disorder:
One of the most important signs of substance addiction or dependence is continued use of drugs or alcohol despite experiencing the serious negative consequences of heavy drug or alcohol use.
Often, a person will blame other people or circumstances for his or her problems instead of realizing that the difficulties result from use of drugs or alcohol. For example, your partner may believe he was fired from jobs because his bosses didn’t know how to run a business. Or your daughter may believe she got a ticket for driving under the influence of alcohol because the police were targeting her. Perhaps your loved one has even blamed you. People with this illness really may believe that they drink normally or that “everyone” takes drugs. These false beliefs are called denial, and denial is part of the illness.
Outpatient Group Counseling
Jade Wellness Center offers the healing power of the group experience through its Outpatient Therapy Groups. We believe group work can be an especially powerful therapy tool for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders. Our groups are for the promotion of social supports, peer acceptance and identifying with other people who share similar experiences through addiction. Under the guidance of a professional drug and alcohol therapist, we create a healthy group culture through which to find your “courage to change” as well as assisting our clients to understand the role that addiction has come to mean in the lives of addicts and their families.
The individual treatment option may be appropriate if you are becoming concerned about your use but are not sure if you have a problem. Through individual therapy with a licensed psychotherapist specializing in addictions, your patterns of use can be explored in a private, safe and confidential setting.
Couples or families may also benefit from this option as patterns of use are explored in the context of how a loved one s use impacts relationships and families. Addiction is a family disease and often benefits from treatment of the whole family unit.
Trying to get off of Methadone?
If you have ever felt like you were a slave to Methadone and have considered getting off of it but have doubts about what that would entail, JADE is here to help! Converting from Methadone to Suboxone may not be as hard as you may think. JADE’s exceptional team of Doctors have protocols in place to make this transition an easy one! Call today to break away from the chains and constraints of Methadone and get started on a more convenient recovery!
Being pregnant is overwhelming enough without having to worry where to turn for treatment. At Jade Wellness Center our Doctors and Counselors specialize in treating pregnant substance users. Medication assisted treatment is also available for the pregnant population. In today’s day and age Buprenorphine is considered the first line in treatment for pregnant opiate users versus Methadone. Statistics show Buprenorphnne has 10% of the withdrawal effects passed on to the newborn when compared to methadone. At Jade we’ll work with you and your ob-gyn to devise the best plan for you and your unborn child. We pride ourselves on all of our happy, healthy Jade babies and mommies!