Addiction Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

Primary Care Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Sherman, TX & Plano, TX

Addiction affects more than 20 million Americans, interfering with their health and overall quality of life. If you’re concerned about addiction and ready to take steps to fight your illness and regain sobriety, contact Robert Hernandez, MD, at Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman and Plano, Texas. Dr. Hernandez offers customized treatment plans to help you recover from addiction. Call or make an appointment online today.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction, sometimes called substance abuse disorder, is a mental health condition that causes distorted thoughts, behaviors, and body functions concerning acquiring and using drugs and alcohol. For example, addiction makes you compulsively seek out and use alcohol or drugs. Eventually, your need to use drugs or alcohol can take over your life and get in the way of your relationships, work, and education.

What are the signs of addiction?

Signs that your regular misuse of a substance has evolved into addiction include:

  • Continued use despite negative consequences
  • Spending too much time thinking about getting and using the substance
  • Needing to use more of the substance for the same effects
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
  • Using money you don’t have to buy drugs or alcohol
  • Stealing from friends or family
  • Failed attempts to stop using the substance on your own

If any of these signs sound familiar, contact the team at Primary Medicine of Sherman for help today.

What causes addiction?

Addiction stems from brain irregularities that interfere with your mood, judgment, and decision making. Continued substance abuse causes further changes in your brain chemistry and activity. These changes make your cravings stronger and interfere with your ability to make healthy decisions.

You may start to abuse a substance to feel better, you may want to emotional wounds or other unpleasant feelings, or it may begin as an effort to reduce physical pain. Eventually, with continued use of a substance, you need more to achieve the same effects and your usage increases.

What are the risk factors for addiction?

Your risk of addiction is higher if you have a personal or family history of addiction or other mental health issues. Additionally, if you’ve experienced poverty, neglect, abuse, or have lived with other people who abuse substances, your chances of developing addiction increase.

Medical researchers and psychiatrists are searching for more details to identify the causes and risk factors of this dangerous disease.  

How is substance abuse treated?

At Primary Medicine of Sherman, Dr. Hernandez and his expert nurse practitioners, Julie Thomison, NP, and Brittany Brown, NP, take a multidisciplinary approach to addiction. They combine medication with therapy and other lifestyle modifications to address your needs. While medication controls your cravings and withdrawal symptoms, you need therapy to learn how to modify your behaviors and adjust your lifestyle to eventually eliminate your dangerous and reckless drug and alcohol use.

If you’re ready to fight your addiction and regain control of your life, call Primary Medicine of Sherman or schedule an appointment online today.