Substance Abuse Specialist


Substance Abuse services offered in Surprise and Peoria, AZ

You may be worried about the amount of alcohol or drugs you use. Or you may have signs of substance abuse, such as using larger amounts or having cravings. No matter what concerns you have, the team at Notre Dame Behavioral Health can help. They have years of experience supporting people with substance abuse issues, providing comprehensive care from detox medications to therapy that supports a long life free of substance abuse. If you need help, don't wait to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment. Call the office in Surprise, Arizona, or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse, also called substance use disorder, refers to the excessive use of alcohol or drugs. Substance use disorder covers the full range, from mild overuse to addictions.

The team at Notre Dame Behavioral Health offers help for people who abuse many different substances, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Hallucinogens
  • Stimulants
  • Inhalants
  • Hypnotics (sedatives)
  • Club drugs (PCP, ecstasy, and others)

You can overuse any of these substances and not become addicted. But the more you use them, the more likely you are to cross the line from abuse into addiction.

What signs indicate I have a substance abuse problem?

The following signs are red flags indicating that you overuse your substance. 

You may:

  • Want to stop or cut back but can't
  • Spend a lot of time using and recovering from the effects
  • Fail to keep up with work or family responsibilities
  • Give up other enjoyable activities to take drugs or drink alcohol
  • Continue using the substance when you know it's a problem
  • Need to consume larger amounts to get the same feeling
  • Have an uncontrollable urge for the substance
  • Have withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop

Another sign of substance abuse is having symptoms like shakiness and nausea that get better when you consume more of your substance. The last three signs in the list appear when abuse becomes an addiction.

How is substance abuse treated?

The first step in treating substance abuse is detoxing to clear the alcohol or drugs from your body. When you’re addicted, Notre Dame Behavioral Health prescribes medications that allow you to safely detox by preventing withdrawal symptoms and stopping cravings.

You take the first dose in the office, then you can keep taking daily doses at home with regular appointments with your provider. This gives you the ability to detox while keeping up with your life at home and work.

After you detox, you may be able to keep taking a low dose in the early stages of your recovery, depending on the type of medicine you receive.

The second step involves counseling. Therapy is the key to staying away from your substance for the long run. During therapy, you learn what makes you turn to alcohol or drugs and discover new skills to manage life's challenges and prevent a relapse.

If you worry that you overuse alcohol or drugs or need help for an addiction, call Notre Dame Behavioral Health, or book an appointment online today.

Notre Dame Behavioral Health

Surprise Location: 14811 W Bell Road, Suite 100, Surprise, AZ 85374
Peoria Location: 10210 W Happy Valley Road, Suite 145, Peoria, AZ 85383