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Drug Abuse vs Drug Addiction

Authentic Recovery Center | Licensed Provider for Detoxification, Residential, Outpatient and Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment in Los Angeles, California.

“I’m so glad ARC treats drug abuse and drug addiction in different ways. I don’t know if I would have felt like I fit in otherwise.”

Joelene – Los Angeles, California

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The Authentic Recovery Center is a co-occurring and substance abuse disorders treatment center located in Los Angeles, California. Our program is highly individualized and based on the most current, evidence-based clinical approaches for drug abuse and addiction rehabilitation. With multiple treatment options we offer the most extensive continuum of care available in Southern California. If you would like to speak with a licensed clinician call 1 877 415 4673 now.

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This section of the website will provide a broad overview of the differences between drug abuse and drug addiction. Discussion will include a general summary of what constitutes addiction and abuse, followed by a brief overview its symptoms, and finally ARC’s treatment methods.

Drug Abuse vs. Drug Addiction

For diagnostic purposes and purposes of treatment, professionals distinguish between substance abuse and addiction. The main feature setting apart these two phenomena is that they tend to move in one direction: e.g., over time, abuse leads to addiction, but, theoretically, one can remain addicted indefinitely and still maintain the semblance of an ordered life. Although this might have the appearance of splitting hairs, the distinction is highly significant for the purposes of establishing relevant treatment protocols.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Generally speaking, drug abuse exhibits the following traits or behaviors:

  • Acquiring mounting legal troubles, such as getting arrested for either possession or DUI.
  • Financial instability.
  • Continued abuse in the face of deteriorating personal relations.
  • Deterioration of performance at work or at school.
  • Engaging in risky behaviors with regards to sex or adrenaline stimulation. This might include promiscuity, e.g., enjoying multiple partners while intoxicated, or driving when intoxicated.

Signs of Drug Addiction

In contrast to symptoms or behaviors associated with abuse, traits of addiction frequently indicate the presence of far more entrenched pathology and include characteristics associated with other mental health disorders. In addition to the symptoms already mentioned, addiction symptoms include:

  • Enduring physical, mental, or emotional withdrawal symptoms if unable to acquire the substance.
  • The development of a tolerance to the drug(s) being abused.
  • Consuming quantities that are deleterious to one’s health.
  • An inability to regulate one’s usage or stop altogether.

Co-Occurring Prevalence

Again, for purposes of treatment protocols and the clinical trajectory one’s treatment might take, the distinction between abuse and addiction is significant. Drug addiction, as opposed to drug abuse, is almost invariably complicated by the presence of multiple disorders or co-occurring conditions. True drug addicts almost universally suffer from some other from of mental illness that is not necessarily present where there is abuse. Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Mood Disorders and Personality Disorders – these are all mitigating factors that must be factored into treatment and that further demarcate the difference between abusive behaviors and behaviors that result from full-blown addiction.

Multidisciplinary Treatment

At ARC, our clinical program and our treatment team is specifically trained to address the many facets of the addictive condition. ARC’s multidimensional approach includes medical interventions overseen by our MDs, who work in conjunction with our therapists and clinical staff to ensure that a treatment plan is created and adhered to that gives the client the best possible chances for recovery. ARC’s Treatment Services include:

  • The most advanced and effective Dual Diagnosis treatment available.
  • Comprehensive assessments that take into consideration both medical, psychological, and emotional factors.
  • Detoxification services that are closely monitored by our trained staff and overseen by our doctors.
  • A dignified approach that honors the total needs of the client.
  • Counseling that includes Family Counseling, Group counseling, as well as One-on-One Counseling.
  • Ongoing therapy with clinicians who specialize in Addiction pathology.
  • Long-term treatment planning that includes Aftercare, Extended Care, and Alumni services.
  • Integrated treatment, specially designed to treat Dual Diagnosed individuals. This includes psychiatric care, oversight of medications, and continued aftercare.

Call to Learn More about the Authentic Recovery Center Today

This is by no means a comprehensive picture of the services ARC provides. Please visit the other sections of our website to better understand the full spectrum of addiction treatment options available to you or your loved one. Education is the most important tool available to you, and keeping current on latest treatment practices is the best way to ensure you or someone you love receives the care they need. If you would like to learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment services please call 1 877 415 4673 to speak with a counselor today.

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