substance Abuse Services
substance Abuse Services
Our mission is to provide quality health services to the individuals in our communities. We make primary care accessible to our clients as well as providing support for individuals struggling with substance abuse and cooccurring symptoms. Clients will also have access to clinical specialists who can effectively manage their chronic pain. All services are established on the needs of the client, determined by an individualized Person-Centered Plan. With dedicated collaborative care, we bring focus to all aspects of your health
Substance abuse refers to someone using any type of illegal drug, taking too much of a prescription medication, and/or over consumption of alcohol.
If you or a someone you know is struggling with substance then please call us at (301) 363-1063 so our counselors can provide you a confidential and safe space for you to discuss your concerns with substance abuse and addiction.
What Is Substance Abuse
What is Substance Abuse
Types of Substance Abuse
Anyone can be susceptible to substance abuse. People who have a family history of addiction are more vulnerable to succumbing to substance abuse and becoming addicts themselves. People from all socioeconomic backgrounds engage in the destructive habits of substance abuse. And any use of psychoactive drugs (any chemical substance that changes brain function and results in altered moods, cognition, or behavior) can lead to physical and emotional harm. What may look like a harmless couple of nights hard drinking, or taking extra opioid pills from your prescription, are actually indicative of unhealthy habits. You may not characterize these actions as abuse, but it is critical to understand the danger associated with them.
How we define Addiction
Persistent abuse of these dangerous substances will inevitably lead to addiction. Something that you thought was harmless is now actively destroying different parts of your life. While some of these actions may have been initially your choice, they eventually turn into your prison. Addiction begins damaging the synapses of the brain that perform your highest functions to solely focus on reengagement with the damaging behavior (Psychology Today). You become stuck in a brutal biological and emotional cycle with the substance, only to be further trapped.
The ramifications of substance abuse can last longer than the actual activity. For example, using illicit drugs once may result in you causing a car accident, and hurting someone else. And now, you carry the emotional burden of causing harm to someone else who was disconnected from your choice. Ultimately, it is important to understand why you're engaging in this high risk behavior. Gemini Health can help you unpack this motivation, and start providing you with emotional clarity. Call us at (301) 363-1063 so our counselors can provide you a confidential and safe space for you to discuss your concerns with substance abuse and addiction.