Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse

Addiction can greatly affect daily functions. If you or a loved one is experiencing addiction, know that there are many resources, treatments and support options. 

At Banner Health, we are dedicated to providing you or your loved one with individualized care options so you can get back to your best self as quickly as possible. Reaching out for help is the first step.

What Is Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse and chemical dependency are recognized as medical brain disorders.

Substance abuse refers to the pattern of using a substance, such as a drug, that causes problems, such as missing work, or using a substance during dangerous situations, like while driving.

Chemical dependency refers to a primary disease where a person becomes addicted to a mood-altering substance, such as drugs or alcohol, that causes a physical dependence. People with chemical dependency continue to use these substances even when problems related to their use have developed.

Some of the most frequently abused substances are:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription medications
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • Opiates

Signs and Symptoms of Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse

The signs and symptoms of chemical dependency and substance abuse vary from person to person.

Some common behaviors that can indicate a person has problems with drugs or alcohol include:

  • A craving or strong desire to use drugs or alcohol
  • Continuous drug or alcohol problems that interfere with daily life
  • Using or drinking larger amounts over longer periods of time
  • Unsuccessfully trying to cut down or control drugs or alcohol consumption
  • Giving up or reducing activities due to drug or alcohol use
  • Taking dangerous risks, such as driving under the influence
  • Developing a tolerance and needing more drugs or alcohol to get the same effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using drugs or alcohol
  • Using drugs or alcohol despite the accompanying physical or psychological problems

What Causes a Chemical Dependency?

Chemical dependency and substance abuse can be caused by multiple factors, including:

Genetics
Social pressure
Psychiatric problems
Environmental stressors
Individual personality characteristics

Screenings and Diagnosis for Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse

Your doctor or mental health professional will be able to diagnose chemical dependence or substance abuse. Your doctor may ask questions regarding your substance of choice in order to make a diagnosis, such as the type of substance that is being used, how often it is used and the last time it was used. Your doctor may also take into consideration other physical symptoms, including:

  • Red eyes
  • Constant fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Abnormalities in lab work
  • Unexpected heart rate or blood pressure abnormalities
  • Lack of concern for hygiene
  • Anxiety, depression or sleep problems

Treatments for Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse

Banner Health offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment options for chemical dependency and substance abuse.

Banner Del E Webb Medical Center Outpatient Program

The Banner Del E Webb Medical Center’s outpatient program is designed for adults of all ages who need professional assistance with substance abuse-related issues.

This program is a group-based therapy that uses evidence-based techniques, such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy. These techniques focus on teaching skills and techniques to regain control and balance in your life.

Adult Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency program

Banner also offers an Adult Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency program to help you embrace a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. As many patients may suffer from additional mental health conditions, this program addresses additional factors to help patients cope with life’s challenges for a successful recovery.

Banner Behavioral Health Hospital

The Banner Behavioral Health Hospital is an inpatient facility located in Scottsdale, Arizona, that treats a variety of behavioral and mental health ailments, including chemical dependency and substance abuse.

The hospital treats patients in a minimally-restrictive environment with an expert team to get you back to living your fullest life as quickly as possible.

Reaching out is the first step to recovery. Banner Health can help. Our expert staff is ready to work with you to find the dependency treatment program to meet your individual needs and get you back to feeling like yourself.