Substance Use Disorder
Fight Addiction by Connecting
The opposite of addiction is not abstinence – it’s connection. Based on the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 20.1 million people in America aged 12 and older have a substance use problem (SAMHSA.gov). Almost half of those individuals (8.2 million) have a serious mental illness (SAMHSA.gov). The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reports that one in three adults who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse also suffers from depression.
There are indications that the overuse of legal and illegal drugs may be a side-effect of the self-medication of a variety of mood disorders in order to numb and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, in addition to dealing with chronic pain.
Withdrawal from opiate medications can be challenging. Some people choose to stop using opiates “cold turkey” and manage their symptoms at home. Others enter a rapid detox or traditional detox program for intensive treatment. However one chooses to detox, there are several IV treatments, including NAD infusions, that can be useful in the ongoing process from withdrawal to recovery.
PLEASE NOTE: Acute withdrawal from alcohol and benzodiazepines (such as Xanax) can be life threatening and often requires hospitalization. However, a slow, planned tapering of alcohol and benzodiazepines over the course of many months, along with targeted supplement support, can be successful. It takes a long time for the body to readjust.
In cases of acute withdrawal or when hospitalization for detox is more desirable, we refer to Northern Illinois Recovery Center.