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Substance Use Disorder

Psychotherapy located in Columbus Circle, New York, NY

Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder happens when you repeatedly misuse alcohol or drugs, even if you have a prescription for those drugs. At Happy Apple, based in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, and serving Midtown, Central Park South, the Upper West Side, and the Upper East Side of New York City, Maggie Vaughan, MFT, PhD, and the team treat substance use disorder and associated mood or behavioral disorders with individualized and comprehensive therapy services. Call Happy Apple to schedule a treatment consultation or book an appointment online today.

What is substance use disorder?

Substance use disorder is a widespread behavioral pattern that can cause significant distress in various areas of your life. Substance misuse behaviors can put you or those around you in danger and affect your well-being at home, in the workplace, and in social settings. 

Substance misuse can involve many different psychoactive substances, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin or other opiates
  • Hallucinogens
  • Methamphetamine

It’s important to note that substance use disorder often comes with, or is the result of, underlying conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or depression. In any case, the team at Happy Apple can identify your behaviors and contributing factors to give you the best possible personalized care. 

What are the signs of substance use disorder?

Substance use disorder can be difficult to recognize in yourself. However, others might notice changes in your behavior. You might also notice increased use, a higher tolerance, and other discernible signs indicating you experience substance misuse. 

Some common signs and symptoms of substance misuse are:

  • Withdrawal symptoms when you stop using drugs or alcohol
  • Social withdrawal or relationship problems from drug use
  • Drug or alcohol cravings
  • Trouble cutting down on substance use if you attempt
  • Increased tolerance
  • Interference with school, work, and other responsibilities
  • Risky activities like driving under the influence

If you suspect substance misuse but aren’t sure if you meet the qualifications, the Happy Apple team can provide a professional evaluation. 

How can counseling help with substance use disorder?

For many people, substances are a maladaptive coping mechanism for underlying intense emotions that are difficult to cope with. Personalized counseling with an addiction specialist can address any emotions behind your substance misuse as well as the substance misuse itself. 

Your certified alcoholism and substance use disorder counselor teaches you mechanisms for effectively managing your emotions and making them less intense. They also help you develop other skills to aid in your recovery. 

Our team considers your support system, stressors, relationships, and lifestyle while developing a personalized and comprehensive substance use disorder care plan. 

To book a substance use disorder counseling consultation for yourself or a loved one, call Happy Apple in New York City or schedule a visit online today.