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Abuse or Addiction

Sprout Health Arizona Treats Both Abuse and Addiction

Most people do not know that substance abuse and substance addiction are two different conditions. In order to get the correct treatment, it is very important to understand the differences between the two.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is characterized by a pattern of behavior that is an unusual or out-of-the-ordinary consumption of a particular substance. For example, drinking a glass of wine each night is considered beneficial; however, drinking cases of beer every day is considered abuse. Abuse occurs when people use more than they should or more than what is socially accepted.

There are many variables that contribute to substance abuse, such as peer pressure or their genetic predisposition

The similarities between substance abuse and addiction occur in the signs and symptoms and sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the two.

The most common signs of substance abuse are:

  • Loss of interest in things
  • A decline in performance at school or work
  • Episodes of aggression, irritability, passivity and resentful behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Risky behavior
  • Personality changes
  • The need for money with no reason

Substance Addiction

Addiction always begins as abuse. Because of continual use and repeated exposure, the body becomes tolerant and dependent on the substance. Tolerance is characterized as the body no longer receiving the same effect as it once did; therefore, the amount and frequency of use must be increased. Dependence occurs when the body cannot function without the substance.

Addiction begins when the body becomes tolerant and dependent. Addicts continually use their substance because they develop an uncontrollable urge to consume it. They feel that if they do not take it, they might go insane or die.

How We Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction

It is important to determine whether a patient is an abuser or an addict. Depending on the severity of their condition, certain treatments as well as a detoxification may be administered. Sprout Health Arizona can help diagnose substance abuse versus substance addiction and provide the right treatments for either. We recommend seeking treatment as soon as someone begins abusing; however, if it has passed well beyond the abusive stage and becomes addictive, we offer an array of therapeutic modalities as well as medically-supervised detoxification.

Our plans are highly individualized to meet each patient’s unique needs. Our goal is to provide the best treatment plan possible in order to ensure a successful recovery and a long-lasting sobriety.


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