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Drug And Alcohol Dependence/Addiction Specialist

Pain and Recovery Center

Addiction Medicine & Behavioral Health located in Albuquerque, NM

Drug and alcohol dependence and addiction are major public health issues in the United States, affecting nearly 20 million people. Recognizing the signs and getting the help you or your loved one needs may prevent the long-term consequences of a drug or alcohol addiction. The team of substance abuse specialists at Pain and Recovery Center located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, combines state-of-the-art medical treatments with compassionate care to help you recover from your drug or alcohol dependence or addiction. To get help, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

Drug And Alcohol Dependence/Addiction Q&A

What is the difference between dependence and addiction?

Drug and alcohol dependence and addiction are often used interchangeably. Though dependence and addiction are closely intertwined, they’re not the same thing.

When you’re struggling with drug or alcohol dependence, your body has become dependent on the substance, and you may experience cravings and withdrawal symptoms when not using it. Though you may not be addicted, drug and alcohol dependence is a precursor to addiction.

With a drug or alcohol addiction, you may experience behavioral changes due to biochemical alterations in your brain caused by the substance. 

What are the symptoms of drug and alcohol dependence?

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol dependence may help prevent addiction. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Losing interest in activities
  • Missing work or school
  • Eating less
  • Sleeping less
  • Mood changes
  • Keeping secrets
  • Using drugs or drinking alcohol when alone

Over time, your body develops a tolerance to the drug or alcohol, and you may find you need more and more to feel the same effects. 

What are the symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction?

A drug or alcohol addiction affects both physical and mental health. Signs and symptoms of an addiction include:

  • Using more of the substance than intended
  • Cravings for the drug or alcohol
  • Failing to stop your use despite a strong desire to do so
  • The ongoing need to increase the amount you use to feel the same effects
  • Using the drug or alcohol despite risks to health and safety
  • Stopping your drug or alcohol use causes withdrawal symptoms

Your drug or alcohol addiction may also affect school or work, as well as your relationships. With an addiction, the substance takes precedence over everything else. 

How are drug and alcohol dependence/addiction treated?

The substance abuse specialists at Pain and Recovery Center are experts in the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence and addiction. The team takes a personalized approach to care and develops plans based on what’s best for you. 

Your treatment plan for your drug or alcohol dependence or addiction may include:

  • Medical detox
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Group therapy
  • Individualized counseling
  • Family therapy

Pain and Recovery Center also offers intravenous (IV) ketamine infusions to treat substance abuse and SUBOXONE® for opiate addiction.

Drug and alcohol dependence can quickly turn into an addiction. For comprehensive treatment from an experienced and compassionate team, call Pain and Recovery Center or book an appointment using the online tool.