Substance Use Disorders

  • Have you consistently used alcohol or other mood-altering drugs until high, intoxicated, or passed out?
  • Are you unable to stop or cut down your use of mood-altering drugs once you start, despite the verbalized desire to do so and the negative consequences continued use brings?
  • Have blood studies reflected a pattern of heavy substance use (i.e. Elevated liver enzymes, etc)
  • Do you typically deny that chemical dependence is problematic despite direct feedback from loved ones, friends, relatives, or employers that the use of the substance is negatively affecting you?
  • Have you experienced blackouts when you use alcohol?
  • Do you continue to use the drug/alcohol despite experiencing persistent or recurring physical, legal, vocational, social, or relationship problems that are directly caused by the use of the substance?
  • Have you acquired a tolerance for the substance as evidenced by the need to use more to become intoxicated or to attain the desired effect?
  • Do you experience physical symptoms such as shaking, seizures, nausea, headaches, sweating, anxiety, insomnia or depression when withdrawing from the substance?
  • Do you suspend social, recreational, or occupational activities because they interfere with using the mood-altering substance?
  • Do you invest a great deal of time in order to obtain the substance, to use it, or to recover from its effects?
  • Do you consume mood-altering drugs in greater amounts and for longer periods of time than intended?
  • Do you continue to abuse mood-altering substances after being told by a physician that it is causing health problems?
  • Accept the fact that you are chemically dependent and begin to actively participate in a recovery program…
  • Establish sustained recovery, free from the use of all mood-altering substances…
  • Establish and maintain total abstinence while increasing your knowledge of the disease and the process of recovery…
  • Acquire the necessary skills to maintain long-term sobriety from all moodaltering substances…
  • Improve your quality of life by maintaining an ongoing abstinence from all mood-altering chemicals… AND,
  • Withdraw from mood-altering substances, stabilize physically and emotionally, and then establish a supportive recovery plan…
To discuss how Dr. Susie can help you, feel free to contact her personally at 954.294.7036 or via email at drsusie@me.com.