Chemical Dependency

Recovery is Possible

Regaining control of your life after addiction to drugs or alcohol is one of the most difficult things to go through. However, recovery can be a reality. Our large team of state-certified chemical dependency specialists offer confidential, personalized treatments to help you kick your habit for good.

Help for Chemical Dependency at MultiCare Behavioral Health

At MultiCare, you are never alone on your path to recovery. We offer a broad range of treatments and support, including:

  • Adult services: Adults with private health insurance or who are interested in fee-based services receive expert treatment through our General Counseling Services.
  • Integrated services: As a leader in integrated services, we help you get the services when you need them most. State-certified mental health specialists are available in 11 of MultiCare's primary care clinics. Learn more about our integrated services.
  • Peer support: State-certified peer specialists draw from their personal addiction recovery experiences to give you the extra support and encouragement you need. Learn more about peer support and our other specialty services.

What is Chemical Dependency?

Chemical dependency happens when a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Most chemically dependent people want to stop using, but their addiction is so strong, their bodies simply cannot function without drugs or alcohol.

Chemical dependency doesn’t happen overnight. Many people become chemically dependent after casually using drugs or alcohol (recreational use).

Regardless of how your addiction starts, chemical dependency affects every aspect of your well-being. Everything, including your physical health and employment, eventually becomes secondary to supporting your habit.

What Are the Symptoms of Chemical Dependency?

People suffering from chemical dependency experience a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Deteriorating work or school performance
  • Feeling that a normal life is not possible without drugs or alcohol
  • Strong cravings for drugs or alcohol when they are not available
  • Consuming larger quantities of drugs or alcohol over time
  • Spending a lot of time on activities related to drugs or alcohol, such as obtaining, using and recovering from its effects
  • Skipping important social, work-related or recreational activities to have more time for drugs or alcohol

How Do We Diagnose Chemical Dependency?

We diagnose chemical dependency based on a number of factors, including which chemical substance(s) you are using, how frequently you are using and the length of time since you last used.

We also look for physical symptoms of chemical dependency. These may include:

  • Weight loss
  • Constant tiredness
  • Red eyes
  • Abnormalities in heart rate or blood pressure that are not due to a medical condition
  • Symptoms of withdrawal, such as sweating profusely, tremors and becoming physically ill

Some people with chemical dependency may also experience other mental health issues. Our comprehensive diagnostic approach includes screening for these conditions, which may include:

How Do We Treat Chemical Dependency?

We can help you break the cycle of addiction. Our state-certified chemical dependency experts are specially trained to help you rebuild your life and develop the coping skills necessary to make a life-long commitment to sober living.

At MultiCare Behavioral Health, we offer two levels of outpatient treatment:

  • Intensive Outpatient Program: Our intensive outpatient program helps you overcome the symptoms of withdrawal and work toward relapse prevention.
  • Aftercare Program: You transition to our aftercare program after you are able to demonstrate you have the skills necessary to maintain recovery on your own.

We use nationally recognized practices to assess your condition and plan your treatment. If you require inpatient care, we give you a referral to an outside program.

Learn more about our Chemical Dependency Program.

Note: The condition description on this page is intended to be informational only, and should not be considered a diagnosis or medical advice. Please seek the advice of a qualified medical professional if you believe you have any of the symptoms described here.

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