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Abuse or Addiction

Sprout Health Texas begins each program with a thorough assessment of our patient’s mental and physical health.

Sprout Health Texas understands that most people do not know there is a difference between substance abuse and substance addiction. It is important to know the difference because one is more extreme than the other and both are treated differently.

Substance Abuse

Abuse and AddictionSubstance abuse is characterized by a pattern of behavior that is an unusual or out-of-the-ordinary consumption of a particular substance. For example, drinking a glass of wine each night is considered beneficial; however, drinking cases of beer every day is considered abuse. Abuse occurs when people use more than they should or more than what is socially accepted.

There are many variables that contribute to substance abuse, such as peer pressure or genetic predisposition

The similarities between substance abuse and addiction occur in the signs and symptoms, which are sometimes hard to distinguish between the two.

The most common signs of substance abuse are:

  • Loss of interest in things
  • A decline in performance at school or work
  • Episodes of aggression, irritability, passivity and resentful behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Risky behavior
  • Personality changes
  • The need for money with no reason

Substance Addiction

Addiction occurs when individuals can no longer function without the abuse of the substance. The release of dopamine in their brain no longer occurs naturally and they must use the substance in order to activate their pleasure sensors. Additionally, addiction begins once individuals develop a tolerance to and dependence on the substance. Tolerance is characterized by an individual’s diminished response to a substance because of repeated use. The body adapts to the continual presence of the substance and resists the normal effects of it, causing the individual to use more at an increased rate. Dependence occurs when there is a physical need of the substance in the body, which then becomes addiction.

Addiction always begins as abuse, which is why it is extremely important to recognize the signs and symptom of abuse. If abuse is treated early enough, it will never have a chance to evolve into addiction.

We Can Treat Both

Sprout Health Texas begins each program with a thorough assessment of our patient’s mental and physical health. Our skillfully trained staff will be able to diagnose all conditions our patients may be suffering from. Once the assessments are completed, patients will undergo a detoxification. Following detox, we will begin with a combination of our therapies to provide the most effective program for a successful recovery.

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