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Laguna Treatment Programs for Addiction

Research is a long way away from fully understanding the mystery of addiction in all its many manifestations.  It is still unknown as to why one person might become addicted to drugs or alcohol where another person will not.  Addiction is a highly complex area of study that continues to stymie those in the science and medical research fields.  One thing is clear, however, and that if left untreated, a substance use disorder will escalate and eventually lead to fatal consequences.  Laguna treatment for drug and alcohol addiction can help heal and treat a substance use disorder before it becomes life threatening.

What Leads to Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

There are many factors that may cause someone to develop a substance use disorder (SUD).  As an example, say someone experiences difficulty sleeping on a regular basis.  This person may start out with a glass or two of wine in the evening to help promote relaxation.   The wine isn’t as effective as desired, so the individual enlists their physician to prescribe some medication to help with the insomnia.  Against the doctor’s instructions, both the wine and the hypnotic drug are used to achieve the desired effect.  As tolerance builds, the insomniac may double up on the dosing in order to continue experiencing better sleep quality.  In the end, either an addiction to the sedative and/or alcohol or an overdose due to combining the drug with alcohol can result.  So just like that a dangerous addiction has resulted from the simple desire to get a good night’s sleep.

A myriad of factors can influence behaviors that lead to addiction.  Mental health disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety are commonly co-occurring with substance use disorders.  It still isn’t understood which disorder appears first, the addiction or the mood disorder, but the symbiotic relationship between them is clear—using drugs and/or alcohol to diminish the emotional suffering.

Grief and loss, trauma, sexual or physical abuse, genetics, and brain chemistry imbalances may also contribute to the development of an addiction.  When a substance is used to aid in the emotional relief of trauma or loss, for example, the body begins adapting to it.  If the substance is misused as tolerance increases, physical dependency can result.  Laguna treatment for drug and alcohol addiction can combine attachment therapy with cognitive behavioral therapy to get at the root of the psychological component fueling the addiction.

Clinical Criteria of a Substance Use Disorder

The DSM-5 has provided eleven diagnostic criteria of an SUD, allowing mental health and addiction specialists to defining a presenting SUD as mild, moderate, or severe. A clinical diagnosis of SUD involves a minimum of 2 of the following criteria:

  1. The substance is taken in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than was intended.
  2. There is a persistent desire to cut down or quit using the substance, but is unable to do so.
  3. A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects.
  4. Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use the substance.
  5. Failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home due to continued use of the substance.
  6. Continued use of the substance despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused by use of the substance.
  7. Giving up or reducing important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of use of the substance.
  8. Recurrent use of the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous.
  9. Continued use of the substance despite persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problems caused or exacerbated by the substance.
  10. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
  • A need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect.
  • A markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.
  1. Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:
  • The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for that substance (as specified in the DSM- 5 for each substance).
  • The substance (or a closely related substance) is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Phoenix Rising Addiction Center Laguna Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

 Phoenix Rising Addiction Center is a multidisciplinary outpatient program located in Aliso Viejo that serves the community of Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and Mission Viejo.  Providing compassionate and forward-thinking group counseling and individual therapy, Phoenix Rising will also provide sober living resources to further enhance the recovery experience and reinforce sobriety.  For more information about Laguna treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, please contact Phoenix Rising Addiction Center at (949) 518-0345.