Addiction Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

If you’re one of the 20 million Americans living with addiction and are ready to make a change, contact the team of compassionate and experienced mental health experts at Mindful Urgent Care, located in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York. They offer customized treatment plans to help you on your journey to recovery. Call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today to take your first step toward an addiction-free life.

Addiction Q & A


What is addiction?

Addiction, also referred to as substance abuse disorder, is a mental health condition that causes distorted thoughts, behaviors, and body functions. It also causes you to compulsively seek out and use alcohol or drugs, which can take over your life and negatively impact your relationships, work, and education.

Signs your substance use has evolved into addiction include continued use despite negative consequences and an inability to stop using the substance on your own.

What causes addiction?

Addiction stems from brain irregularities that interfere with your mood, judgment, and decision making. Additionally, misuse of certain substances triggers changes in your brain chemistry and activity in those regions of your brain. These changes intensify your cravings for the substance and interfere with your ability to make healthy decisions.

Addiction also often develops from substance use to mask fears, emotional wounds, or other unpleasant feelings that you’d rather not face. Over time, the more you use a substance, the more you need to achieve the same feeling, and you may develop withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable physical and emotional sensations that make it even more difficult for you to avoid using drugs or alcohol.

What are the risk factors for addiction?

Many factors contribute to addiction, including:

  • 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

Medical researchers and psychiatrists are currently studying addiction. They’re searching for more details to identify the causes and risk factors of this dangerous disease.  

How is substance abuse treated?

The team at Mindful Urgent Care offers a holistic approach to addiction, combining medication with therapy and other lifestyle modifications to address your needs from many angles. In some cases, medication controls your cravings and withdrawal symptoms so that you can focus on learning behavior modification strategies in therapy and changing your lifestyle so that you can eliminate your dangerous drug and alcohol use.

If you’re ready to fight your addiction and regain control of your life, call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today.

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