offered in Encino and Pasadena, CA

Addiction services offered in Encino and Pasadena, CA

Addiction may cause you to continue using a harmful substance despite causing social, physical, and occupational problems. At Adelpha Psychiatric Group, the outstanding team of talented mental health specialists is uniquely equipped to help those struggling with addiction. For an individualized addiction recovery plan, call the office in Encino or Pasadena, California, or request an appointment online today.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction, or substance use disorder, is a complex disease that affects your brain and behavior, leading to uncontrollable use of legal or illegal drugs. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) recognizes 10 separate classes of drugs that may cause addiction, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cannabis
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • Tobacco
  • Opioids, such as prescription pain relievers
  • Sedatives, such as benzodiazepines
  • Stimulants, such as amphetamines
  • Other or unknown substances

When taken excessively, these drugs activate the reward system in your brain to the point where you may neglect normal activities, including work and personal relationships, in order to use the substance. The team at Adelpha Psychiatric Group works with all types of addiction and develops an individualized treatment plan to help you regain control over your life.

How does addiction affect my mental health?

Drug addiction can be harmful to all aspects of your life, including your mental health and well-being. Substance use disorder often co-occurs with another mental health condition, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Insomnia

In some cases, substance use may begin as an attempt to reduce symptoms of an underlying problem. For example, you may use alcohol to alleviate social anxiety symptoms or take a sedative to cope with insomnia. Other times, mental health problems may be a result of substance use disorder.

What treatment options are available for addiction?

Adelpha Psychiatric Group takes a collaborative approach to addiction psychiatry. They work in partnership with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce your specific symptoms. Depending on your needs, treatment for substance use disorder may include:

Medication management

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for addiction can ease the symptoms of withdrawal and reduce the risk of relapse. Your provider prescribes the most appropriate medication for your needs, which may include SUBOXONE® treatment for opioid addiction or anti-craving medications to reduce the desire for addictive drugs.

Behavior therapy

Behavior therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps you develop strategies to cope with drug cravings. Your psychiatrist may provide counseling themselves, or recommend another therapist or support group. 

To make the recovery process as easy as possible, the team offers a variety of services to best complement your treatment plan. 

For highly individualized addiction treatment, call Adelpha Psychiatric Group or request an appointment online today.