About 20 million adults have a substance use disorder, and nearly 8 million have both a substance abuse problem and a concurrent mental health condition. Licensed psychiatrist and substance abuse counselor Latif Ziyar, MD, helps people find relief from both substance abuse and mental illness at his private practice in Fresno, California. To take the first step toward reclaiming control of your life, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Substance abuse involves harmful or hazardous use of drugs and alcohol. Often, this problem involves physical dependence on, or an addiction to, the substance.
Commonly used substances include:
Substance use typically begins with an experimentation phase and then escalates to regular use and addiction. When you become addicted to a substance, it’s considered a mental health condition.
Dual diagnosis means you have a substance use disorder and a mental illness at the same time. This is also called comorbidity or co-occurring disorders.
Sometimes, people with a mental health condition use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate, but research shows these substances only exacerbate symptoms of mental illness.
Substance use problems are more common among adults with certain mental health conditions, including:
Because the fields of mental health and substance abuse don’t always overlap, it’s important to seek care from a professional like Dr. Ziyar, who’s highly trained in both areas.
Signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder include:
There may also be physical signs and symptoms, like sudden weight loss or gain, impaired coordination, and slurred speech.
Dr. Ziyar performs a comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation to diagnose your specific condition. He then develops a treatment plan based on the biopsychosocial model, including all the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence your substance use disorder.
Dr. Ziyar encourages you to be actively involved in all decisions regarding your treatment, which typically includes a combination of psychotherapy and medications. He firmly believes in informed consent when treating all patients.
If you or a loved one struggle with substance abuse, call the office of Latif Ziyar, M.D., Inc, or book an appointment online today.