Substance Abuse

What is Substance Abuse?

Chemical dependency is a chronic, progressive, potentially fatal, but treatable disease with physical, psychological, social, and spiritual components which impair normal functioning.  

Through counseling and other therapeutic techniques, our programs assist clients, and even their family members, with their individualized growth, enabling them to restore their sense of self worth and enjoy happiness and purpose in their lives once again.

Substance abuse is characterized by a pattern of use that causes significant impairment or distress, in addition to any one of these additional diagnostic criteria: using substances in situations where it endangers the user; a failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home; having multiple drug-related legal problems; or continuing to use substances regardless of the problems it causes in the user’s life. The different types of substance abuse have various features depending on the type of drug abused. 

The following is a breakdown of the various types of substance abuse:

Stimulant Abuse includes illegal drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as legal substances such as nicotine, caffeine and over-the-counter stimulants.

Depressant Abuse includes opiates such as heroin, morphine and opium, as well as sedative-hypnotic medications such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium.

Psychedelic Abuse includes using indole psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms; phenylalkylamine psychedelics including mescaline; and other types of psychedelics such as ketamine, or “Special K,” and PCP, notes “Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders.” (MDMA, or ecstasy, acts both as a psychedelic and as a stimulant, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.)

Marijuana Abuse is the most commonly abused illegal drug, marijuana induces short-term euphoria, physical relaxation, distorted perception and thought, increased appetite, and impairment of memory and physical coordination.

Alcohol Abuse affects every organ in the body, and it is the oldest and most widely used psychoactive substance, notes the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Alcohol abuse includes binge drinking and other problematic patterns of drinking which fall short of addiction but meet the criteria for abuse.

Substance Abuse Programs

ABS offers a range of group and individual therapy programs and services at our locations.

Substance abuse counseling is a combination of treatment and support to help people break free from drug or alcohol addiction. This specific type of therapy is often a key part of rehabilitation programs, like those offered at ABS, so clients can overcome substance dependence mentally and emotionally.

Our clients work with  licensed addiction counselors or substance abuse counselors in a clinical setting to address issues like mental health, behavior patterns and treatment options.

What Is Substance Abuse Counseling?

Substance abuse counseling is a combination of treatment and support to help people break free from drug or alcohol addiction. This specific type of therapy is often a key part of rehabilitation programs so clients can overcome substance dependence mentally and emotionally. People will work with a licensed addiction counselor or substance abuse counselor (titles vary while the therapeutic goals remain the same) in a clinical setting to address issues like mental health, behavior patterns and treatment options.

Substance abuse counseling may involve:

  • Talk therapy sessions
  • Discussing the causes of addiction
  • Positive coping strategies
  • Developing treatment goals and plans
  • Practicing skills and behaviors necessary for recovery