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Behavioral Addiction Treatment in Bridgeville, PA

Addictive Behaviors

Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care in Pittsburgh, PA offers a comprehensive range of treatment for individuals struggling with addictive behaviors. Our experienced and compassionate staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, tailored to best meet the individual needs of each patient. We understand the sensitivity and complexity of addiction and strive to create an environment that fosters hope and healing.

At Stepping Stones, Dr. Muhammad Shaikh works closely with his patients to develop an individualized plan. Our behavioral treatment services incorporate evidence-based therapeutic approaches combined with family systems therapy, pharmacology, nutrition education, relapse prevention strategies and more. We also take a hybrid approach that includes telehealth and in-person options to accommodate whichever option makes our patients most comfortable.

If you’re ready to receive treatment from the top psychiatrist Bridgeville, PA has to offer, contact Stepping Stones today and begin your journey to recovery. Our rehabilitation specialists are here to listen and provide the support you need to overcome addiction and achieve lasting sobriety.

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Addictive Behaviors: Treatment & Symptoms

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, understanding the symptoms and treatments can be helpful for recognizing and addressing the issue.

Symptoms of addiction include:

  • Compulsive drug or alcohol use despite negative consequences
  • Impaired decision making whereby drug or alcohol use is prioritized over other activities and responsibilities
  • Withdrawal symptoms when the substance is stopped including physical, psychological, or both
  • Larger doses of drugs or alcohol needed to achieve the same effect as before

When it comes to addictive behaviors, treatment at Stepping Stones in Pittsburgh, PA typically includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to develop healthier responses to triggers and cravings
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction techniques to reduce stress which can contribute to relapse
  • Medication management which focuses on control cravings and withdrawal symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

Is addiction a chronic illness?

Yes. Research shows that addiction changes brain chemistry and affects behavior in lasting ways beyond an individual’s control. As such, it is generally accepted as a chronic condition requiring ongoing treatment.

What are the long-term effects of addiction?

Long term effects of addiction can vary, but some common consequences include strained relationships, job loss, poverty and legal issues. Additionally, physical health problems such as organ damage and weakened immune system may result.

Does abstinence from drugs or alcohol guarantee successful recovery?

Abstinence from substance use is often necessary for effective recovery from addiction; however it does not guarantee successful recovery since addiction involves more than just physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. It also requires psychological change which requires new skills and behaviors to help avoid relapse into previous patterns of use.

An addiction treatment specialist like Dr. Shaikh can help develop a treatment program tailored to the individual's specific needs, and help them successfully manage their recovery.

How can I get started with substance use treatment near me?

At Stepping Stones, we make it easy to find a psychiatrist and get started on the road to feeling better and living well. Just request an appointment with us using our simple online form.