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Orange County Psychiatry | Alcohol Addiction, Chemical Dependency, Therapy

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists -  - Mental Health Clinic

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists

Orange County Psychiatry | Mental Health, Addiction, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression

In 2017, 19% of all Americans aged 12 and older used illicit drugs and nearly 7% misused prescription medications. Those numbers don’t include the 6% who had an alcohol dependency. If you’re ready to stop an alcohol or drug dependency, the team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists can provide all the support you need, from medication-assisted detox through ongoing medication management and the therapy you need to prevent a relapse. To start your detox, call one of the offices in Orange County, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, or Orange, California.

Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Therapy Q & A

How does addiction develop?

Alcohol and drugs cause a powerful surge in brain chemicals that activate your brain’s reward center. As a result, your brain learns to associate these substances with pleasure, and subsequent changes occur in the brain’s biochemistry that create cravings.

These cravings are so intense that you can’t stop using that substance. Or if you do stop, you suffer withdrawal symptoms.

Addictions are also progressive. Over time, your brain builds up a tolerance to the substance, making it less pleasurable. Then you need to keep increasing the amount you use in order to satisfy the cravings.

Knowing that addiction originates with changes in your brain makes it easier to understand why you need intensive medication-assisted treatment to fight your addiction.

How does my treatment for alcohol and chemical dependency begin?

The first step is to safely detox, which is done at one of the recovery centers in the area. This gives you the opportunity to clear the drug out of your system while receiving medications that prevent withdrawal symptoms. You also have access to immediate medical care should you develop any problems.

The team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists is affiliated with numerous treatment centers, so they can oversee your care and progress during your detox. When you finish detoxing, your medication management and therapy continue in the office.

Why should I receive alcohol and chemical dependency therapy?

Therapy is just as important for a full recovery as your detox program. This is where you’ll gain insight into what caused your addiction so you’re better prepared to prevent a relapse. You’ll also learn how to cope with stressful situations and the challenges you’ll face going forward without relying on alcohol or drugs.

You might receive individual therapy, family therapy, or both, depending on which approach is best for your circumstances. While several types of therapy support a successful recovery from dependency, one of the most effective is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

During CBT, you discover the relationship between your beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and how they determine your behavior. As you learn these associations, your therapist helps you redefine your thoughts and actions so you can continue to avoid the alcohol or drugs responsible for your addiction.

When you’re ready to give up alcohol or drugs and recover from an addiction, you need the support of the experienced team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists. Call one of the offices to schedule an appointment today.