substance abuse

3 Signs & Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder (also known as drug addiction) is a terrible medical condition that needs to be treated effectively to prevent long term health issues. The disease impacts a person’s brain and leads to that person being unable to control their use of certain drugs such as alcohol, pain medications, marijuana, and other controlled substances. The first step in treating substance use disorder is identifying the condition by recognizing its common symptoms. In this article, we’re going to explore some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate substance use disorder.

Changes in Health or Behavior

Changes in health, such as a dramatic increase of decrease in weight or decreased energy can be signs of substance use disorder. Similarly, any dramatic changes in behavior can also indicate a substance use issue. If you recognize any of these signs in a loved one, ask them how they’re doing and if they need any help.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit the substance in question is a classic sign of substance use disorder. Withdrawal symptoms can include: nausea, sweating, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. In severe addiction cases, withdrawal symptoms can even be life threatening. As a result, it’s important to seek medical help instead of going “cold turkey.”

Problems at Work or School

Frequent and unexplained absences at work or school can be an indicator of substance abuse. In addition to that, if a person seems totally “checked out” at school or work, that can be another sign of substance use disorder.

Clarity Family Consulting

At Clarify Family Consulting, we offer a wide range of services to those dealing with substance use disorder. Our service catalogue includes (but is not limited to): clinical intervention, case management, primary and extended treatment placement, sober companions, and therapeutic transport. We focus on helping individuals achieve long-term success in their sobriety and also offer invaluable resources to family members of those struggling with substance issues. Contact our team of experts today to get help for yourself or a loved one dealing with substance use disorder.

Substance Induced Psychosis and Young Adults

Substance Induced Psychosis

Psychosis is defined as breaking from reality. When a person has an episode of psychosis, they may experience hallucinations, delusions, and hold false beliefs despite clear evidence to the contrary. Substance abuse can lead to episodes of psychosis, especially in young adults. In this article, we are going to talk about substance induced psychosis – what exactly it is and how it can be treated effectively.

What is Substance Induced Psychosis?

Substance induced psychosis is simply an episode of psychosis that is caused by the consumption of substances. This can include:

  • Taking too much of a prescription or illicit drug

  • Having withdrawal symptoms from a drug or alcohol

  • Mixing different substances

The likelihood of substance induced psychosis varies greatly based on the individual and the specific substance (or substances) being used. Individuals dealing with a co-occurring mental illness may be at an increased risk of substance induced psychosis.

Regardless of the cause, substance induced psychosis should be treated as soon as possible by a medical professional.

Treating Substance Induced Psychosis

Psychosis is not a condition in and of itself – it’s a symptom of an underlying issue. As a result, it’s important to first identify what’s causing the psychosis. Is it the result of an alcohol abuse problem? Withdrawal symptoms? A bad mix of anti-depressants? This will be the first step in treatment. Once a medical professional identifies the cause, you can work together to develop a treatment strategy that fits your needs.

Clarity Family Consulting

At Clarity Family Consulting, our focus is on holistic treatment for individuals dealing with addiction and substance use disorder. We offer a wide range of services, including: case management, clinical intervention, sober companions, and therapeutic transport. Our goal is to help addicted individuals achieve long-term success in managing their addiction. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one through the difficult trials of addiction.

3 Common Co-Occurring Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders

Substance Use & Mental Health

Many people who suffer from substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health disorder such as anxiety / depression, or PTSD. Often, these co-occurring disorders feed one another. It’s important to identify these disorders when present so that you can create an effective treatment plan. In this article, we are going to talk about a few common co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Substance Use Disorder & PTSD

Substance use disorder and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) are commonly linked. Many people with PTSD develop substance use issues. When most people think of PTSD, they picture a military veteran returning from combat. It’s true that PTSD is common in the military (and a serious issue that needs to be better addressed), but PTSD can also impact non-military civilians. A traumatic event such as a car accident or the death of a loved one can lead to PTSD.

Substance Use Disorder & Anxiety / Depression

Anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand with substance use disorder. The two can lead to a vicious cycle, where the individual feels so depressed that they use, and then become even more depressed as a result of the substance use. It’s important that individuals get treatment for both the substance use and any underlying anxiety or depression. The most important thing to remember with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is that there are treatment options available that can help!

Contact Clarity Family Consulting

At Clarity Family Consulting, we work with individuals dealing with substance abuse (as well as their families). Our goal is to help our clients achieve long-term success with their sobriety. We offer a wide range of services, including: clinical intervention, case management, sober companions, and therapeutic transport.  Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide at Clarity Family Consulting and how we can help you or your loved one through this difficult time.

Case Management & Clinical Intervention Explained

Clinical Intervention

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, there are many treatment options at your disposal. In this article, we are going to explain how case management and clinical intervention work and why they’re beneficial for individuals struggling with addiction.

Case Management

Case management begins with a general phone assessment of the client and family. This assessment includes client’s demographics, history of substance abuse, prior treatment(s), mental health diagnosis, and family dynamics.

Communication with family, client and treatment providers remains consistent before, during and after treatment. Case Management provides accountability to continue on the recovery journey for the client and each family member during the transition out of treatment. Accountability in recovery entails meeting attendance, drug and/or alcohol monitoring, coaching, therapy and implementing the treatment plan provided by the facility. Clarity individualizes this to fit each client and family's needs. For the family, this includes learning appropriate boundaries and coaching throughout the treatment process. We provide referrals to family members, as needed.

Individual Recommendations for Family Members:

  • Getting involved in their own recovery

  • Individual, Family and/or Couples Therapy

  • Treatment or workshops for codependency, trauma history, attachment issues and unresolved family conflict.

Individual Recommendations for Clients:

  • Primary Treatment Placement

  • Aftercare Treatment Placement

  • Coaching, Mentoring and Monitoring

Our staff have vetted treatment and aftercare providers throughout the country. With over thirty years of experience we find the appropriate recommendation for your family member based on individual needs, finances and diagnosis.

Clinical Intervention

So, what is clinical intervention? It involves the following services:

  • Intervention Consult with Clinician

  • Treatment Placement

  • Pre-intervention Meeting

  • Intervention Meeting

  • Transportation to Treatment Provider

  • Case Management with interventionist

Our interventionists, clinicians and case managers have over thirty years combined experience helping families recover. Each one of us is engaged in our own personal recovery from substance use, codependency and family of origin issues. We have experience professionally and personally.