What is substance misuse?
Substance misuse is when a substance is used repetitively in a way that is damaging – and it can also lead to dependence. Dependence happens when a person develops a tolerance for a substance over time and experiences withdrawal symptoms without it.
If you are struggling with substance misuse, we will carry out a comprehensive assessment of your current needs. It’s important for us to understand whether you are experiencing psychological or physiological dependence.
A psychiatrist will typically oversee your treatment to determine whether you could benefit from taking medication as part of your treatment plan. We also place a significant emphasis on understanding the psychological roots of your substance misuse difficulties.
This will involve motivational interviewing to help us understand your commitment to change. From here, we will determine which type of psychological support you could benefit from, depending on whether you are looking to become abstinent or wanting to follow a reduction programme.
Examples of substances that are often misused include:
- Club drugs
Frequently asked questions
When should I get help for substance misuse?
What are the most effective treatments for substance misuse?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) are the most effective treatments for substance abuse.