Substance use disorders refer to the misuse of alcohol or other drugs to the point that it causes health problems or issues related to work, school, or relationships.
Many people struggle with a substance use disorder that may involve the use of legal or illegal substances such as alcohol, nicotine, or prescription drugs.
Dr. Allen is a compassionate family physician who treats patients struggling with a substance use disorder.
Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of a substance use disorder. The misuse may occur because of genetics or the actions of the drug. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with stress, anxiety, or depression.
It’s not uncommon for someone with a substance use disorder to also struggle with a mental illness, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression.
Symptoms of substance use disorders vary and depend on the drug being misused and underlying health issues.
Common symptoms that might indicate a substance use disorder include:
Someone with a substance use disorder may also neglect their personal health and appearance.
If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, Dr. Allen can help.
No single treatment works for all substance use disorders. Dr. Allen conducts a comprehensive evaluation before making any treatment recommendations.
Your treatment plan may depend on the type of drug you misuse and co-occurring health conditions. Dr. Allen provides treatment to ease the physical and emotional symptoms that occur when stopping your drug.
He may also make referrals to therapists for one-on-one or group counseling, as well as peer counseling. Dr. Allen also provides medical care and management of co-occurring conditions.
With concierge medicine, Dr. Allen makes himself available to help you manage any crisis you might face during treatment.
Substance use disorders are chronic health conditions that require chronic disease management. For patient-centered care from a compassionate physician, call Allen Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online today.