Substance Abuse Specialist

Advanced Mental Health Care Inc.

Psychiatrists & Psychologists located in Palm Beach, FL & Royal Palm Beach, FL

Most families have been affected by substance abuse on some level. The prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse has been likened to a pandemic, and for good reason. At Advanced Mental Health Care, every physician and staff member is aware of the devastation that can result when a patient struggles with addiction. Multiple treatment options are available to assist men and women throughout the Greater Palm Beach, Florida, area find efficient and lasting relief from the realities of substance abuse. Call or make an appointment online to learn more.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse is the intentional use of psychoactive substances that have hazardous or harmful consequences. It’s both a personal and public health concern, as a society suffers when its members engage in substance abuse.

Substance abuse can apply to a wide range of substances, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription drugs
  • Synthetic drugs

Substance abuse can often lead to addiction, which can cause damage to your relationships at home, work, or school. Substance abuse can also lead people to engage in high-risk behaviors to obtain their drug of choice.

What are some common signs of addiction?

Many people have a drink during a social event or take prescription medication after a surgical procedure. While those behaviors involve the intentional use of psychoactive substances, such use may not fall under the definition of substance abuse or addiction.

The following symptoms may indicate an addiction, and should prompt a call to Advanced Mental Health Care:

  • Intense cravings for a particular substance
  • Withdrawal symptoms after a decrease in use
  • Needing to take more of a substance to achieve the desired effect
  • Excessive effort or time spent in pursuit of the substance
  • Related problems at school, home, or work
  • Foregoing normal activities in favor of using the substance

Very often, people who are suffering from drug addiction do not recognize, or are unable to acknowledge, these symptoms until the situation has become dire. Many people turn to Advanced Mental Health Care after loved ones have pointed out that there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

What are the treatments for substance abuse?

At Advanced Mental Health Care, you have several options for treating substance abuse issues. Many people find relief from a combination of approaches, including talk therapy and cognitive behavioral work. There are even certain medications that can help you overcome addiction and regain stability in your life.

All of the practitioners at Advanced Mental Health Care are qualified to provide treatment for substance abuse; however, Alison Stier has made this area of treatment a focus in their educational paths and professional lives.

Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

  • Helping those struggling with dependence to opioids including prescription and non-prescription pain pills
  • Personalized taper or maintenance program
  • Withdrawal management and treatment
  • Treatment with Buprenorphine (Suboxone) or Methadone if necessary
  • Support with finding groups and sponsorship
  • Close monitoring and frequent follow up

Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

  • Helping those struggling with dependence to alcohol
  • Personalized program based on medical/psychological situation
  • Close monitoring and frequent follow-up
  • Assistance with tapering and withdrawal treatment
  • Assistance with groups and sponsorship  

Nicotine use Disorder Treatment

  • Helping those struggling to stop dependence of nicotine, usually with cigarettes
  • Personalized program based on treatment goals and current situation
  • Close monitoring with withdrawal or replacement treatment
  • Management with or without medications

If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse or addiction, call or book an appointment online to begin the recovery process.