Substance Abuse Disorders can manifest due to a variety of factors including genetics, childhood trauma, and other psychiatric disorders. Those who suffer from Substance Abuse Disorders may begin by using a mind-altering substance as a coping mechanism against stress; they may also be attempting to self-medicate the symptoms of another mental illness. Sometimes, the decision to experiment is based in simple curiosity. But however it starts, for some individuals, substance use leads to inevitable addiction and will eventually take control of their life. Those who suffer from this disorder will experience a decline in school or work performance, damaged family and community relationships, legal troubles, and an increasing amount of emotional distress. This decline may be rapid and dramatic, or it may manifest insidiously over the years.
Although it is true that drug and alcohol problems often start in adolescence, SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS can affect anyone at any point during the course of their lives. Addiction crosses all barriers of age, race, class and gender. Contrary to popular opinion, one does not need to be physically addicted to a mind-altering substance in order to have a Substance Abuse Disorder. Sufferers of this disorder may abuse nicotine, marijuana, prescription medication, designer drugs such as MDMA a.k.a. “Ecstasy”, hallucinogens, and “hard” drugs such as cocaine or heroin. Those who suffer from this potentially devastating illness are often incapable of stopping on their own. For this reason, it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Dr, Waldman has extensive experience with Substance Abuse treatment. He is also experienced with the medication management of psychiatric conditions in individuals with SAD. Furthermore, he often utilizes pharmacologic modalities to assist with a comprehensive recovery program. These may include Suboxone, Naltrexone, Antibuse, and/or other medications.