Chemical Dependency

  • Advanced Psychotherapy Services offers group therapy on Wednesday evenings as well as flexible individual therapy sessions.

  • A modified IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) is available for individuals fearful of losing employment due to scheduling. 

  • Urine Screening is used in conjuncture with therapy to provide accountability.

The DSM 5 recognizes substance-related disorders resulting from the use of 10 separate classes of drugs: alcohol; caffeine; cannabis; hallucinogens (phencyclidine or similarly acting arylcyclohexylamines, and other hallucinogens, such as LSD); inhalants; opioids; sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics; stimulants (including amphetamine-type substances, cocaine, and other stimulants); tobacco; and other or unknown substances. Therefore, while some major groupings of psychoactive substances are specifically identified, the use of other or unknown substances can also form the basis of a substance-related or addictive disorder.

Substance use disorders span a wide variety of problems arising from substance use, and cover 11 different criteria:

    1.  Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you're meant to.
    2.  Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to.
    3.  Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance.
    4.  Cravings and urges to use the substance.
    5.  Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use.
    6.  Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships.
    7.  Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use.
    8.  Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
    9.  Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could

         have been caused or made worse by the substance.
    10. Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance).
    11. Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance.



 

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