Substance use disorders are a group of disorders in which one or more substances lead to a significant amount of distress and/or impairment. Often times when people think of substance use disorders, they think about the drug. Here at Brooklyn Minds, we think about the person and why a person’s drug of choice is so appealing to them in the first place.
Substance use disorders can ruin lives, but not everyone who uses a substance will develop a substance use disorder. We don’t assume all substance use is a disorder; we are curious to know what substances are doing to you in your life. We also think substance use disorders are an important signal that you may be suffering in other ways. There is typically a series of steps that lead a person to develop a substance use disorder.
At Brooklyn Minds, you will learn why you are using those drugs, what about your neurobiology leads you to use those drugs, and how to leave them behind and build a more meaningful life. The individuals who are so sensitive to reward that drugs are so powerful and addictive to them, are potentially the most curious and exciting individuals. Those rewards existed in the world first and drugs hijacked the rewards system that your brain gave you to find your life exciting. People who get addicted – it’s a double tragedy because they are exciting and engaging to other people but they also are the most vulnerable. We want to identify and screen early. If you already have a problem with substances, we want to come up with a realistic plan for what you want for your life that doesn’t just stop at “get sober.” Your goal may be to stop using; our goal is to help you find a way that using doesn’t make sense for you anymore.