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Understanding Substance Abuse

An estimated 10% of American adults have a substance use disorder. Also referred to simply as substance abuse, the disorder is characterized by a pattern of substance misuse that interferes with a person’s health, relationships, or responsibilities.

Substance abuse takes many forms. Some people take legal prescription drugs for a purpose outside their prescribed intent. Others use drugs or alcohol in dangerously high volumes. Still others use drugs or alcohol to dull their senses and purposefully impair their judgement.

However substance abuse presents itself, it can take a serious toll on your life. The good news is that help is available, and you don’t have to overcome the habit alone. Annette Lusko, DO, and our team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine offer ketamine infusion to complement your substance abuse recovery plan.

Substance abuse and addiction are different

The terms “substance abuse” — also called “substance use disorder” — and “addiction” are often used interchangeably. While these conditions are similar, they have distinct differences. If you have a substance use disorder, you abuse drugs or alcohol, but you still maintain control over when and how you use the substances.

Substance abuse doesn’t necessarily disrupt a person’s life. Substance use disorder becomes addiction when you lose control and start using the drug compulsively, regardless of the consequences. Addiction is a disease, and it can affect every aspect of your life.

In many cases, substance use disorder is a precursor to addiction. Repeatedly misusing alcohol or another drug could lead you to become dependent on it, resulting in addiction.

Kicking a substance abuse habit is possible

Even if you haven’t developed an addiction, breaking the habit of substance abuse is often difficult. Substance abuse changes the way your brain works, and this makes quitting cold turkey difficult or impossible for most people.

If you want to improve your health and your life, set yourself up for success by finding a supportive network of family, friends, and medical professionals. There’s no shame in seeking help for substance use disorder, and there’s no reason to try and kick substance abuse all alone.

Relapsing doesn’t mean you’ve failed

Relapsing, or returning to drugs or alcohol after starting a recovery program, can be frustrating. It can feel like you’ve failed or that treatment isn’t working. The truth is that relapse is common, and your doctors and counselors are there to help you get back on track.

Instead of losing hope, turn the relapse into a positive experience. Don’t punish yourself for failing. Use the opportunity to take a closer look at why you gave in to temptation, and use the experience to make changes so that a relapse is less likely in the future.

Ketamine therapy could help you in recovery

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug, and research shows that ketamine infusion therapy has positive effects for people in recovery for substance use disorder. Adding ketamine therapy to your recovery program could minimize cravings and increase your motivation to stay on track.

Under Dr. Lusko’s supervision, a ketamine therapy plan can help you achieve better clarity of mind. Fewer cravings and a clearer head can give you the ability to fully focus on counseling and behavior modification.

Each ketamine infusion takes a few hours in our office. You relax in our infusion suites and our team administers a therapeutic dose of ketamine via an IV. After your infusion, you need to have a friend or family member drive you home.

Ketamine infusions could be the missing piece in your recovery puzzle. To find out if ketamine therapy can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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