What Is a Substance Use Disorder?

A Substance Use Disorder occurs when a person becomes dependent upon a substance to function normally in their daily lives. 

Over time, using substances can lead to changes in the way the brain functions as well as the structure of the brain itself.  This can lead to numerous negative symptoms including an increase in substance use, ranging from mild to severe. 

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The appearance of Substance Use Disorders and changes in brain activity are the reasons why a person continues to use the substance long after they’ve experienced negative consequences. They may leave you feeling as though nothing will ever get better, that seeking help is pointless, and that you’re struggling to make it through each day. 

Some of the most common Substance Use Disorders include:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Inhalants ( Solvents, Aerosol, Nitrates)
  • Stimulants (Adderall, Cocaine, Methamphetamines)
  • Opioids (Prescription Medications, Heroin, Methadone)
  • Sedatives (Benzodiazepines, Xanax, Barbiturates)
  • Hallucinogens (LSD and Mushrooms)
  • Tobacco
  • Caffeine

How We Can Help

Dr. Lifrak understands the decision to get help for treatment is not easy and has designed Substance Use Disorder programs to make your decision as stress-free as possible. She will give you the essential tools to manage and recover from your Substance Use Disorder and teach you how to see the future as a happy, productive place.

Dr. Lifrak provides services in the following areas:

  • Substance Use Disorder counseling and treatment
  • Suboxone treatments
  • Co-occuring (Substance Use and Mental Health) disorder treatment
  • Consultation with adolescents who have Substance Use Disorders or who are at-risk for developing Substance Use Disorders and their parents
  • Family and relationship issues impacted by substance use or other compulsive behaviors