Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse services offered in Fremont, CA

Substance abuse can very quickly turn into a life-changing addiction without specialized treatment. If you or someone you love is showing signs of succumbing to a substance abuse disorder, Ocean Psychiatry in Fremont, California, can help. The practice’s highly skilled mental health professionals provide effective therapies for substance abuse problems that will help you turn your life around. To find out more about freeing yourself from substance abuse, call Ocean Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse develops when a drug or other substance you take for its pleasurable effects starts to cause you psychological and/or physical harm.

Substance abuse disorder can take over your life, damage your career, interfere with your studies, and destroy your relationships. It’s also the last stage before addiction, where everything in your life revolves around your substance of choice even though it costs you your family, job, and home and leads to criminal acts like theft to fund your addiction.

Substances that are most commonly the subject of abuse include:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana (cannabis)
  • Hallucinogens like LSD
  • Inhalants like glue
  • Sedatives, hypnotics, and anxiolytics (anxiety medications)
  • Stimulants like caffeine and cocaine
  • Opioids like heroin

Opioid abuse is one of the most common disorders Ocean Psychiatry treats. In addition to heroin, many strong prescription painkillers contain opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and tramadol.

People with a prescription for pain medications often find they can’t stop taking them and start obtaining their drugs illegally when their prescription runs out.

What should I do if I have a substance abuse problem?

Recovery from a substance abuse disorder can’t start until you recognize you have a problem. In the early stages of developing a substance abuse disorder, your focus is on getting high and enjoying the experience. By the time you realize your activities are becoming a problem, it might have become much harder to quit.

If you find you’re in this position, you can talk to the experts at Ocean Psychiatry. They provide a safe, supportive environment where you can discuss your situation without judgment. Your provider can help you move to the next stage in your recovery when you’re ready.

A combination of your commitment to success along with supportive services from Ocean Psychiatry gives you the best chance of beating your substance abuse problem.

What treatments are available for substance abuse disorders?

The treatment you need for your substance abuse disorder varies according to the nature of your problem and how badly it affects you. Options include:


Talk therapies can help you understand your addiction and change your behaviors. They can also address the problems in your life and past traumas that made you more likely to develop a substance abuse problem.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

MAT programs for opioid abuse combine medications that reduce your withdrawal symptoms with counseling and behavior therapies.

If you recognize you have a substance abuse problem, get expert help and support at Ocean Psychiatry. Call the office or book an appointment online today.