Substance Abuse Specialist

Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center

Psychiatric Clinic located in Las Vegas, NV

Millions of Americans struggle with substance abuse, and a large percentage of those people are unaware they even have a problem. However, substance abuse affects physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Dedicated to providing comprehensive care, Martin Binyange, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MPH, and the team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center routinely screen patients for substance abuse to ensure they get the care they need. If you have concerns about substance abuse, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or book an appointment online today.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse is when you misuse alcohol or drugs to the point that it causes problems or distress. Substance abuse isn’t the same as addiction. 

People struggling with substance abuse can change their behavior or stop using the substance without serious health consequences. An addiction is a disease. When you have a drug or alcohol addiction, stopping or using the substance may cause physical harm.

However, you’re at greater risk of developing an addiction if you have a substance abuse problem. 

Substances most commonly abused include:

  • Alcohol
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens

These drugs, whether legal, prescribed, or illegal, illicit a feeling of pleasure that may relieve stress or help you avoid problems. 

What are the symptoms of substance abuse?

Symptoms of substance abuse vary. Most people with a substance abuse issue may not recognize that their drug or alcohol use is problematic.

Common symptoms of substance abuse include:

  • Increasing use or amount of a drug or alcohol over time
  • Attempting to reduce or stop the use of a drug or alcohol without success
  • Craving the drug or alcohol
  • Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the drug or alcohol
  • Ongoing use of the drug or alcohol affects your personal or professional life 
  • Developing a tolerance that requires more of the substance to get the same effects
  • Having withdrawal substances when not using

If you or someone you love has symptoms of substance abuse, contact Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center for help and guidance.  

What happens during a substance abuse screening?

The team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center recognizes the effects that substance abuse has on a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 

The team integrates alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) to look for signs of excessive drinking or screenings for prescription opioid use among patients. The team also collaborates with other health professionals who provide alcohol SBI so patients can get the mental health services they need.

What happens after a substance abuse screening?

Depending on the results of the alcohol SBI, the team may refer you to a substance use disorder specialist. Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center also provides treatment for addiction to alcohol and substance abuse. 

Treatment may include psychotherapy and medication. The team also offers Suboxone® and buprenorphine for patients in the maintenance phase of their opioid addiction.

Substance abuse is common. Getting help early may prevent addiction or other serious health complications. Call Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center, or book an appointment online today.