Duke City Recovery Toolbox offers treatment for those who want to end substance dependence before it progresses to addiction as well as those who are already in the throes of drug addiction.
What is Dependence?
Opioids, whether prescription or illicit, have the potential to change the way the brain works. Over time, these drugs cause the brain to stop producing its own dopamine. When this happens, you are said to be chemically dependent—you need the drug for your brain and body to function normally.
Dependence vs. Addiction—What’s the Difference?
Substance dependence refers to a biomedical condition only. Addiction, on the other hand, includes psychological and behavioral pattern changes that may develop in response to substance dependence.
Treatment for Dependence and Addiction
At Duke City Recovery Toolbox, treatment for substance dependence and addiction may look similar, involving:
- Medical treatment—i.e., medication-assisted treatment, which helps participants avoid withdrawal symptoms as they titrate off drugs
- Therapy—i.e., individual and/or family counseling to address underlying psychological and/or emotional trauma
However, there are some differences and limitations. Duke City Recovery Toolbox can only medically address substance dependence involving opioids—heroin, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Percocet, Vicodin, etc. Substance dependence on other types of drugs and addiction to any substance may be effectively treated through a personalized counseling program and spiritual care, both of which are available to anyone at DCRT.
How to Start Substance Dependence Treatment
There’s really only one step to starting substance dependence treatment at Duke City Recovery Toolbox—come in for an intake appointment. You may contact us to schedule an appointment or walk into our Albuquerque clinic anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 am Monday through Thursday.
During your intake, our team will diagnose substance abuse. Eligible participants can begin medication-assisted treatment the same day. All participants will have a customized treatment program developed to get the whole-person care they need to overcome substance dependence.