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Substance Abuse


 
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The line between substance abuse (using legal or illegal drugs inappropriately) and addiction (when you can’t control your urge to use drugs) is very thin, but both have negative effects on all aspects of your life. And while people coping with substance abuse might still be able to hold down jobs and maintain relationships, they often end up addicted to the substances they abused.

CAST’s substance abuse and addiction treatment center can help. If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse or addiction, call 866-283-9885 today.

Substance Abuse Affects the Body, Mind, and Spirit

Physical Effects

Many illicit and legal substances are addictive and cause diverse side effects. Most drugs cause your body’s systems and organs to either behave abnormally or work harder. 

Drugs and alcohol can:

  • Change your heart rate and how fast you breathe – For instance, cocaine and amphetamines increase heart rate and blood pressure. Opiates slow breathing and reduce blood-oxygen levels.
  • Increase your cancer risk – Alcohol addiction increases the risk of liver cancer and oral cancers. People who smoke marijuana have an increased risk of lung cancer and lung damage.
  • Increase your risk of disease – Long-term alcohol abuse causes cirrhosis of the liver. Meth and cocaine abuse can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke.
  • Lead to brain damage – Teens who abuse marijuana can permanently lose IQ points, for instance, and meth can cause seizures or convulsions.
  • Put you at risk of contracting diseases – Such as hepatitis and HIV
  • Weaken your immune system
  • Cause sexual dysfunction
  • Make you severely malnourished

Mental and Emotional Effects

Drugs and alcohol can have huge effects on your mental health and even how well your brain works.

If you’re suffering from drug addiction or addiction to alcohol, you will probably experience:

  • Impaired judgment
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Impaired cognitive ability and mental alertness
  • Memory lapses
  • Mood and personality changes

If you’re addicted to meth, you may experience:

  • Obsessive, compulsive, or violent behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions

If you’re abusing marijuana, you may experience

  • Hallucinations 
  • Delusions
  • Extreme paranoia

If you’re addicted to cocaine, you may experience: 

  • Extreme paranoia.

In the long term, drug and alcohol abuse can lead to depression and anxiety disorders. 

Do I Need Help for Substance Abuse?

Some people use alcohol or drugs without becoming chemically addicted, but many don’t. And using any substance to cope with problems, suppress bad thoughts or feelings, or have a good time is very risky. If you’re doing this, it’s wise to seek help.

These signs can indicate you have a problem with drugs or alcohol:

  • Isolating yourself from loved ones – Perhaps avoiding sober family and friends
  • Losing interest in your job and/or hobbies and other activities
  • Frequently borrowing money from family or friends to pay for substances and/or your living expenses
  • Lying about your whereabouts or anything related to substance abuse
  • Having blackout periods when you can’t remember where you were or what you did
  • Engaging in risky behavior – For instance, having unprotected sex or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
 
 
Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.
— Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
 
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Recover from Substance Abuse at CAST Centers

CAST Centers in Los Angeles, CA offers treatment options for alcohol and drug addiction. Here, working towards recovery is about empowering yourself to make better choices. You’ll also learn to hold yourself accountable for the choices you make. By learning healthy ways of dealing with life’s challenges, you’ll start to live free from substance abuse and addiction.

What Is Treatment Like at CAST Centers?

CAST’s treatment programs for substance abuse and addiction recovery uses the CAST alignment model (CAM). This helps you reconnect with your mental, emotional, and spiritual self and empowers you to change your life.

This method of tackling substance abuse is what makes the CAST treatment program unique. At CAST addiction treatment centers, we don’t just look at drug and alcohol treatment from one angle. We approach the problem from all angles and all areas of your life. We work with your physical, emotional, and spiritual self.

Intensive Outpatient Program/Partial Hospitalization Program (IOP/PHP)

Breaking free from alcohol and drug abuse often requires a complete change of environment. At the CAST Center in Los Angeles, we provide a place to help you make this transformation. This residential treatment program includes group and individual therapy sessions, along with lifestyle coaching and other activities. These will help you work through the issues underlying your relationship with drugs and alcohol.

While you’re in this program, you’ll experience sober living in our Los Angeles Wellness Apartments. These comfortable, shared living spaces give you the supportive environment you need during this challenging time. With staff on-site 24/7, help is there if you need it.

Custom Outpatient Care

CAST Centers also offers an outpatient treatment program suitable that you can customize. In this treatment program, you continue to live at home and go to work. You’ll visit our addiction treatment centers regularly and fit your treatment around home and work life.

This program is also based on our unique CAM framework, but it’s more flexible. It includes therapy and lifestyle coaching, just like the residential program.

Treatment Designed for Individuals

In all CAST’s recovery programs, participants work with a treatment team to get the most out of their treatments. On your treatment team, you’ll have therapists to help you explore the issues that led you to substance abuse or addiction. Techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy. You can also discover tools to help you deal with issues relating to your drug and alcohol use. A lifestyle coach is always on hand to help you learn essential life skills.

Substance abuse and mental health issues often go hand-in-hand—called co-occurring disorders—and everyone has their own ways of working through them. Because of this, the substance abuse and addiction treatment program can be customized to meet your specific needs. For instance, if you have anger management problems or a co-occurring mental health problem, such as anxiety, your treatment program can focus on these issues. This individual approach to treatment is vital.

CAST’s substance abuse recovery programs require a minimum of four weeks’ commitment, but many people find they need to spend more time in the program. We encourage all our clients to stay in recovery for as long as they need to. We don't want anyone to feel pressured into rushing their recovery. Recovery is a long-term goal that requires ongoing work, so we are here to help for as long as necessary.

Recovery Will Challenge You and Change Your Life

Working through addiction is a journey, and it can be a challenging one. But it’s also an incredibly important and worthwhile path to walk.

Substance abuse and addiction tend to close you off from the good things that life holds. At CAST Centers, we’ll help you open yourself up again—to new experiences, new challenges, and the joy life can bring.

Your journey to empowered living starts at CAST Centers. If you’re ready, it can start today.