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At our Virginia office, we treat a wide range of substances including alcohol, marijuana, heroin, and opiates. We believe that substance use and mental health issues go hand in hand, and we consider anxiety, depression, trauma and other disorders can be part of the problem. We have a holistic, whole person approach when it comes to treating teens and young adults who are struggling.
Experimenting with alcohol can begin during adolescence, with pressure to socialize and be like the in crowd, it’s normal to try alcohol. However, alcohol becomes a problem when consuming it becomes a coping skill to deal with painful emotions.
Additionally, we treat a variety of substance use disorders, including opiates, marijuana, prescription drugs, and stimulants. Much like alcohol, one could start using a drug socially, but it can quickly turn into a problem.
Studies have found that binge drinking & heavy alcohol use are problematic for young adults.
Marijuana has become a way to self medicate for underlying issues and one can become dependent on its use.
Young adults are more susceptible to opioid abuse than any other group.
Alcohol can be used to self-medicate an underlying mental health issue or traumatic event.
Frequent marijuana use can negatively impact their emotional regulation, thinking abilities, and physical health.
Stimulants might be used to accomplish more, but these substances can be harmful and addictive when misused.
Not only are we experts at treating substance and alcohol use, but we believe that we need to address underlying mental health issues as part of a recovery plan. Our doctors and therapists have mental health training and experience to treat depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and mood disorders.
We frequently see our clients struggling with an underlying mental health issue who are using alcohol or substances to self medicate. Conversely, many people seek help for mental health disorders, not fully comprehending that their substance use may be greatly contributing to their mental health in a negative way.
Depression is more than just feeling down for a few days -- symptoms are long lasting and can affect you in many ways.
Complex Trauma is a term that has been developed to describe interpersonal trauma that occurs multiple times or over an extended period of time to young children. trauma
Struggling with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, can be two conditions referred to as “co-occurring disorders,” or “dual diagnoses.”
Some ways to know what your child is experiencing might be more than just a mood swing are if these emotional shifts are severe, it could be bipolar.