Learn About Substance Abuse & Addiction
Substance abuse is simply the dangerous or compulsive use of drug, including alcohol. Today it is generally considered a disease. Some people, because of their genetics, have a higher risk than others of becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. Their bodies respond in a different way to drugs than other people.
There are powerful changes to the brain when some people use certain drugs. They may begin to crave the drug, and seek it out, in the beginning of the process we call addiction. Some drugs are more addictive than others, and some people are especially attracted to certain drugs.
The most commonly abused drugs, in order, are:
Prescription painkillers (such as OxyContin and Vicodin)
Cocaine (including crack)
Prescription benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and Valium)
Methamphetamine (and other stimulants)
Millions of Americans suffer from a substance use disorder. Abuse of drugs and alcohol can damage the body, hurt relationships, lead to poor performance in school or work, and can have legal consequences.
Whether you are just beginning to wonder if your substance use is a problem, or you have an extensive history of attempting to quit, we may be able to help.
Our clinicians are experienced in working with substance use disorders. We only use techniques backed by research, which means that you are more likely to get the results you hope for. Contact us today for a free phone consultation, or to schedule an appointment with a clinician to see if therapy for alcohol abuse or other drug abuses can help.
Drug Abuse & Addiction
Prescription Drug Abuse
Learn About Adolescent Drug Abuse
Teen Drug Abuse
Often, adolescents abuse drugs or alcohol for social reasons. The pressure to drink or take drugs may be very strong amongst certain peer groups, especially in the later teen and college years.
Some people abuse drugs without becoming addicted to them. Often, teenagers who abuse drugs do not become true addicts because they lack the genes necessary to become truly addicted. However, if an adolescent has any close relatives with a history of drug addiction, there is a high chance they have the capacity to become addicted as well. Likewise, a family history of any serious mental health issue makes it important for an adolescent to avoid drugs and alcohol.
Whether an adolescent is drug dependent or is simply "experimenting," the consequences can be great. Academic performance tends to suffer, as does later occupational performance. Health problems, behavioral problems, and conflict with family and friends is also common.
The human brain continues to develop until around age 25, and when adolescents abuse drugs there can be measurable structural changes. Planning, personality, judgement and self control are all impacted. One study found marijuana use linked to a 6 point drop in IQ.
Treating adolescent drug use is a unique challenge. Our clinicians are experienced in techniques shown by research to be effective. Contact us today to learn more.
Learn About Behavioral Addictions
Some people engage in repetitive unhealthy behavior and have difficulty stopping. Behavioral addictions are very similar to chemical addictions in many ways, and treatment is often similar. Some common behavioral addictions include:
Gambling addiction: Including card games, slot machines, and betting on races or sporting events
Sex addiction: compulsive, often risky sexual behavior
Love addition: a lack of boundaries, neediness, and loneliness which results in a series of unhealthy, unfulfilling relationships
Compulsive or binge eating: periodic or frequent overeating to an unhealthy degree
Compulsive shopping: buying things one days not need, and perhaps cannot afford, in order to feel better
Pornography addiction: the overuse of pornography, sometimes as an escape for painful feelings or because of a difficulty with real intimacy
Internet or phone addiction: compulsive use of technology, especially social media, had been linked to depression
Internet and Phone Addiction
Learn About Substance Abuse Therapy and Addiction Treatments
At Front Range Treatment Center, we use only treatment methods shown by research to be effective. This list is an example of different types of therapy we may use which have been shown to be effective in the treatment of addiction and substance abuse. Contact us today for a thorough assessment and personalized treatment program.
Motivational interviewing (MI)
MI focuses on strengthening motivation and commitment to change patterns of substance use. It is often used early in treatment, when persons think they may be ready to make a change, but are having trouble committing to it.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
MET also focuses on issues and motivation and commitment. It integrates the use of individualized feedback reports, where the client is able to compare their use to the use of others. This helps them to gain some perspective on their use patterns.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Abuse
A family of therapies, CBT is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are linked together. By changing one, you change the others. Clients are asked to examine all three, and keep records of various mental activities. For example, a client may discover that when they think a certain way they feel sad, and then drink to escape those feelings. Positive changes can then be made by addressing the pattern of thinking, the feelings that arise, or the behavior itself. This makes CBT effective substance abuse therapy.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, can be beneficial for some persons who abuse substances, or have other addictions. It can be especially helpful for persons suffering from sex and love addiction- persons who compulsively get into unhealthy relationships. Learn more about our DBT programs at FRTC.
CBT for Smoking Cessation
Quitting smoking can be very difficult. This treatment begins by examining what keeps a person smoking, and what is preventing them from quitting. Each aspect is addressed using the principals of CBT.