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Substance abuse affects many communities, families and individuals. Addiction is an actual disease and it can affect any person—it doesn’t depend on a person’s age, sex, job or family background. And, too many cases support and resources are limited and/or are difficult to access because of stigma, fear and lack of awareness of signs and symptoms.
But, treatment, support, and resources are available. HopeHealth’s substance abuse services has recently expanded beyond screenings and counseling to include treatment for opioid addiction. Additionally, it will help expand access to medication-assisted treatment and integrate these services in health centers to control opioid misuse and abuse. In addition, HopeHealth will be able to increase its capacity to provide services by expanding the number of psychiatrists, behavioral health counselors, licensed clinical social workers, as well as case managers, to provide support services for patients battling with substance abuse issues.
What is Addiction & Substance Abuse?
The National Institute of Drug Abuse defines addiction a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is [defined] by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), no longer uses the terms substance abuse and substance dependence, rather it refers to substance use disorders, which are defined as mild, moderate, or severe to indicate the level of severity, which is determined by the number of diagnostic criteria met by an individual. Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. According to the DSM-5, a diagnosis of substance use disorder is based on evidence of impaired control, social impairment, risky use, and pharmacological criteria.
Essential Substance Abuse Services
- Substance abuse screenings
- Substance abuse counseling and treatment
- Suboxone treatment for opioid addiction
Did You Know?
- Under the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) addiction treatment is identified as an “essential health benefit” (most plans must cover the service) (gov)
- In 2015, there more than 50,000 over-dose-related deaths in the US, with nearly 35,000 attributed to opioid use (National Institute of Drug Abuse & SAMHSA)
- 5 million men (4 million women) reported misuse of prescription pain medicines (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2015)
- Women who use certain substances may be more likely to have panic attacks, anxiety, or depression (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2015)
- Women show a quicker progression from first using [a]substance to developing dependence (Greenfield et al., 2010)
- There was an estimated 21,732 infants were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) 2002-2011—equivalent to one baby suffering from opiate withdrawal born every 25 minutes (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2015)
Need Help or Support?
- CALL the HopeHealth site nearest you (see list below)
- SEND a new-patient request
- VISIT your nearest HopeHealth location (see list below)
Substance Abuse Counseling & Treatment Locations
HopeHealth Specialty Services
360 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
11 W. Hospital St.
Manning, SC 29102
1857 Joe S. Jeffords Hwy.
Orangeburg, SC 29115
*Please call individual sites as availability of services vary.