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Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse Treatment at Gulf Coast Health Center

Substance abuse, addiction and chemical dependency are serious problems that can often be overlooked, downplayed or justified by individuals who are struggling with substance abuse. Although the substances commonly used (pain killers, alcohol, nicotine, antidepressants, party drugs and common household products) vary greatly in terms of addictive quality, volatility and side effects, substance abuse almost always has a detrimental impact on a person’s finances, relationships and his or her mental, physical and emotional health. If left untreated and unaddressed, substance abuse can lead to extreme consequences like overdose and death.

Recognizing and Diagnosing a Substance Abuse Problem

Every individual’s addiction appears different and will affect his or her life in a slightly different way. As a result, it can sometimes be difficult to recognize a substance abuse problem. Individuals struggling with substance abuse will often display some of the following criteria:

  • Unable to stop using
  • Unable to meet work, family or social obligations due to drug use
  • Spends significant time and resources on obtaining, using and recovering from the substance
  • Experiences withdrawal symptoms when drug use is stopped
  • Develops a physical tolerance to the substance’s effects
  • Continues to use the drug – even when facing its dangerous and detrimental consequences

Well Rounded Substance Abuse Treatment and Ongoing, Long-Term Care

Since substance abuse is slightly different for every individual, the proper treatment is too. Our team works individually with each patient to devise a unique treatment plan to address each patient’s individual problems, treatment needs and goals.

Though tailored to meet individual needs, most treatment plans begin with detoxification and in-patient treatment followed by an out-patient care plan. We combine medication-assisted treatment, counseling, behavioral and group therapy to address the whole patient. This well rounded approach cares for the physical, mental and emotional challenges associated with overcoming substance abuse.

Live Your Fullest Life: Get Help Today

One of the most common misconceptions among individuals struggling with substance abuse is believing that they can overcome the addiction on their own. Addiction, substance abuse and chemical dependency of any kind is not an easy struggle to overcome. With proper care, medical treatment and support, however, you can beat substance abuse and begin living a fuller and healthier life – free from addiction.
To learn more about substance abuse treatment at Gulf Coast Health Center, we welcome you to contact any of our five locations today.