I Think I Have a Substance Use Disorder: Can You Help?

I Think I Have a Substance Use Disorder: Can You Help?

If you think your drug or alcohol habit may qualify as a substance use disorder (SUD), you’re not alone: In 2021, over 46 million adolescents and adults in the United States — or one in seven people aged 12 and older — met the DSM-5 criteria for having an alcohol use disorder, a drug use disorder, or both. 

Unfortunately, 94% of Americans who struggled with substance abuse in 2021 did not receive treatment. In nearly all cases, those affected didn’t believe their problem was severe enough to warrant treatment.   

As mental health experts specializing in addiction treatment and recovery, our team at EXIS Recovery, Inc. wants you to know that addiction is highly treatable — and we’re here to help.   

Opening the door to help

If you’ve developed problematic patterns of substance use, it can be tough to admit to yourself that you may have an alcohol or drug addiction. But that difficult moment of self-reflection may be your first meaningful step toward recovery, and the second is deciding to seek treatment. 

This is the moment where many get lost because they’re unsure where to turn or they’re overwhelmed by the available treatment options. 

Assessing your personal needs

At EXIS Recovery Inc., we understand that addiction is a chronic brain-centered disease with significant psychological and social components. We also recognize that having a strong desire to quit or get clean can make a major difference during treatment and recovery, but desire and willpower alone aren’t enough. 

That’s where we come in. 

 Our team evaluates the nature and severity of your addiction, assessing key aspects of your condition, from your substance(s) of choice, history, and use patterns to your SUD's effects on your relationships, work or school performance, and mental and physical health. 

By gaining a thorough insight into the nature of your SUD, we can develop a fully individualized, structured treatment plan that meets your unique needs. We provide the expert care, guidance, accountability, and support you need to break the grip of addiction and the tools and skills you need to foster a strong, stable recovery.  

Different routes to recovery

Just as SUDs range from mild to severe, and each person experiences addiction differently, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment or rehab program for substance abuse. 

Our goal is to help you find the right approach for you. Your path may include one or more of the following strategies:

Rehab is hard work, and we support and reinforce it with additional evidence-based practices and therapies, such as:

If dual-diagnosis therapy (DDT) for a co-occurring mental health condition is part of your plan, we provide treatment for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other conditions as a fundamental component of your care. Successful addiction recovery and better mental health are two sides of the same coin. 

Your treatment and recovery plan may also include experiential therapy, a complementary mind-body approach based on the concept that mindful experience through physical action can help ease stress and reorient your point of view. Acupuncture, meditation, massage therapy, yoga, exercise, and other mind-body practices help you strengthen your inner self and learn how to find enjoyment and fulfillment without drugs or alcohol. 

Finding your path to wellness

Although there’s no single path to sobriety and sustained recovery, one thing is certain: The sooner you’re on that path, the better. Don’t succumb to feelings of indifference, shame, or guilt — it’s never too late to seek treatment for a substance use disorder, and we’re here to help. 


In addition to offering a full scope of outpatient programs and treatment options for adults, including continuing care as you enter and navigate sobriety, we also offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and supporting care just for teens

If you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, we can help. To learn more about our SUD treatment and recovery approach, call or click online to schedule an appointment at EXIS Recovery Inc. in West Los Angeles, California, today. 

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