Psychiatrists located in Orland Park, Oak Lawn, Lombard, & Downers Grove, IL
Confronting a drug or alcohol addiction on your own can be difficult and seeking help can be embarrassing, but Dr. Pradeep Thapar and his team at Premier Psychiatry understand that addiction can happen to anyone and they treat each patient with dignity and respect. With locations in Orland Park and Chicago Ridge, IL, Dr. Thapar uses a variety of treatment modalities to help patients suffering from drug dependence overcome their addiction and go on to live fulfilling lives.
Alcohol and Substance Use Treatment Q & A
How do you know if you need alcohol or substance abuse treatment?
If you’ve tried to quit using alcohol or drugs on your own and have been unable, it may be time to seek professional help. While not everyone who uses drugs or alcohol becomes addicted, those who use habitually can develop a drug tolerance - needing more of the substance to get the same effect. This can lead to both drug dependence and addiction. Here are some symptoms that may indicate an addiction:
- Having intense urges to use
- Neglecting obligations at home, work, or school
- Losing interest in hobbies and activities
- Avoiding non-drug using friends and family
- Engaging in high-risk activities so that you can obtain the substance
If you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms, that may also be a sign that you need assistance in quitting your addiction.
What are withdrawal symptoms?
Drug dependence creates changes in the brain, such as a decrease in the natural production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. When you stop using certain drugs, such as alcohol and opiates, you may experience withdrawal. Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle pain
- Agitation and anxiety
Depending on the drug you’re using, you may experience different withdrawal symptoms. While all withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, some may be life-threatening, particularly when alcohol or benzodiazepines are abused. Alcohol abuse can lead to its own set of severe withdrawal symptoms, some of which can become fatal, including:
- Severe confusion
- Delirium tremens (DTs)
What types of alcohol and substance abuse treatment services does Premier Psychiatry provide?
Dr. Thapar and his team at Premier Psychiatry help people like you learn the skills they need to overcome alcohol and drug addiction. Depending on the severity of your substance abuse and the types of substances you are using, you may be able to benefit from:
- Outpatient therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychotherapy and counseling
- Medication management
- Suboxone therapy
If you think you could benefit from alcohol and substance abuse treatment, contact Dr. Thapar’s office today. You can even schedule your first appointment online.
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