Substance Abuse Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

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

Substance abuse is a prevalent problem in America, affecting people of all ages. At Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman and Plano, Texas, Robert Hernandez, MD, offers customized treatments to help you stop abusing a substance like drugs or alcohol. If you’re concerned about substance abuse, either for yourself or someone you love, call Primary Medicine of Sherman or make an appointment online today.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse occurs when you misuse drugs or alcohol. You may abuse alcohol by drinking too much or too frequently, or you may take pain medication more often than necessary to manage your pain. Substance abuse changes the parts of your brain that control your impulses and judgment, eventually leading to a full-blown addiction. 

Many of the signs of substance abuse are the same as addiction. For example, you may experience: 

  • Increased need and urge to use the substance 
  • Needing more of the substance to achieve the same effects
  • Making sure you have a reliable and constant supply of the substance 
  • Spending money you don’t have on the substance
  • Not fulfilling your responsibilities and obligations

If you know that you have an unhealthy relationship with drugs or alcohol or any other substance, make an appointment with Dr. Hernandez and his team at Primary Medicine of Sherman for customized care to help you regain control of your life. 

What causes substance abuse?

Many factors contribute to substance abuse. Your genetics and family history increase your chances of a substance abuse disorder because of hereditary genetic factors that affect your brain chemistry. Additionally, your brain chemistry changes with continued substance abuse. It can make your tolerance higher, increase your cravings, and reduce your impulse control.

Other factors that contribute to your risk for substance abuse include other mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, peer pressure, a personal history of neglect, abuse, or trauma, and using drugs at an early age. 

How is substance abuse treated?

Dr. Hernandez and the nurse practitioners at Primary Medicine of Sherman, Julie Thomison, NP, and Brittany Brown, NP, provide a customized multidisciplinary approach to treating substance abuse. Depending on the extent of your condition, they may prescribe medication to control your cravings or to manage other conditions that contribute to your substance abuse. 

Additionally, they recommend individual and group therapy to help you learn techniques to manage your cravings and adjust your lifestyle to reduce your exposure to environmental triggers. 

Call Primary Medicine of Sherman today or make an appointment online to get the help you need to eliminate your substance abuse problem.