Substance Abuse Specialist

Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD -  - Psychologist

Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD

Psychological Testing and Evaluation Therapist located in Beverly Hills

More than 20 million Americans live with a substance abuse disorder. If you’re one of them and are ready to make a change, Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD, can help you on your journey to recovery. He offers customized substance abuse and addiction treatment from his private practice in Beverly Hills, California. If addiction interferes with your life, call Dr. Mindia or schedule an appointment online today to take your first step toward sobriety.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse disorder is a brain disease that causes you to compulsively seek out and use alcohol or drugs, despite increasingly negative consequences. Acquiring and using your substance of choice can take over your life and interfere with your relationships, work, and education.

Substance abuse disorders cause distorted thoughts, behaviors, and body functions. Misuse of certain substances triggers changes in your brain chemistry and activity in the regions of your brain that control your mood, judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and impulse control. These changes cause intense cravings for the substance and interfere with your ability to make healthy decisions.

Addiction and substance abuse provide ways to avoid facing painful aspects of life, whether it’s fears, past emotional wounds, or present difficulties. When someone is addicted to something, not having it leads to withdrawal symptoms. That unpleasant physical feeling makes it even more difficult to keep away from what you desire, leading addiction to become more severe.

What are the risk factors for substance abuse?

While medical researchers haven’t identified why some people are more prone to addiction than others, some of the risk factors include:

  • A family history of addiction
  • Another mental health disorder
  • An environment where substance use seems normal
  • Lack of close family or friends
  • Starting use at a young age

The constant urge to manage addiction is severely harmful when it pertains to your health, work performance, and relationships. Addiction can eventually have extreme psychological and physical effects that are difficult to overcome on your own.

Addiction is often brought on by genetic or environmental factors. You may not even know you’re addicted. Regardless of how addiction starts, there is always a way to end it and make a positive change in your life.

What are signs that my habit has become a problem?

If you feel the need to use alcohol or drugs daily and your use has a negative impact on your life, you may have a substance abuse disorder. You may start to have problems at work or at home, and your behavior may change and become more erratic. You may also begin to spend money you don’t have or steal.

How is substance abuse treated?

With more than a decade of experience and specialized training in addiction, substance dependency, and recovery, Dr. Mindia helps you face the pain you’ve been avoiding and break free from the chains of addiction.

When it comes to substance abuse, Dr. Mindia believes that the issues being addressed are often a solution to deal with struggles. His goal is to uncover what is so unbearable that it leads to substance use and how it helps someone cope. Call or book an appointment with Dr. Mindia today.

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