Substance Use

Substance Use Comes in Many Forms

The most common addiction is substance use disorder.  Substance use disorder refers to the use of any chemical that is a mind-altering substance.  These chemicals include drugs and alcohol and dependance can form to both pure and synthetic chemicals.  Some people have dependence on prescription medication and others on over-the-counter substances.  Of all substance use dependance and addiction, alcohol is still the most abused substance and carries with it the highest instance of death.  Alcohol is known as the long slow killer because it deteriorates your body and breaks down organs over time, whereas many other substances like heroin can cause an immediate lethal overdose.

Chemical Addiction is classified as a disease by the American Psychiatric Society and the American Medical Association. It is included in the American Psychiatric Association (APA’s) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-5). It is sometimes baffling to understand why a loved one continues to use a substance when there are such obvious and devastating consequences. 

We know that this is because the disease lives in the brain and causes distorted thinking resulting in irrational behaviors. 

We treat addictions to substances such as:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • PCP
  • LSD and other hallucinogens
  • Inhalants, such as paint thinners and glue
  • Opioid pain killers, such as codeine and oxycodone
  • Heroin
  • Sedatives
  • Hypnotics and anxiolytics (medicines for anxiety such as tranquilizers)
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine and other stimulants
  • Tobacco

Any substance use addiction that is making life unmanageable can be treated with our inclusive program.

There is evidence based best practices for treating the disease of addiction. 

Research shows the most successful plan is complete abstinence paired with 12 step fellowship.  My Interventionist will develop a recovery plan for your beloved addict that includes fellowship in either 12 step, smart recovery, celebrate recovery, refugee recovery or some other peer support group to develop tools to live a healthy sober life free of mind-altering chemical substances. 

My Interventionist will provide family recovery coaching for your entire family system for a minimum of the first year of recovery to help all members of the family system best understand the disease of addiction and how to stay engaged on the journey of recovery. 

My Interventionist is committed to your family for a minimum of 365 days from the start of services to reduce the chances of relapsing into old behaviors.  Recovery is a journey for all family members not just the addict or alcoholic.  Relapsing behavior does not need to include use of a substance to be harmful to the recovery process. 

Weekly sessions and support are part of the My Interventionist model. 

All My Interventionist families have access to our team for a minimum of the first full year in recovery.  This is an invaluable service that continues to prove to be an important recipe for the success of our recovering families. 

Reach out to My Interventionist now to learn more about substance use disorder and how we can help your family.