Health Counseling for Substance and/or Drug Dependence

substance abuse counselingSubstance and drug abuse can affect anyone, regardless of background or socioeconomic status. Because tolerance and dependence can develop rapidly, getting help as soon as possible may stop the pattern of abuse. At Neighborhood Health Center (NHC), we’re committed to building healthy communities through-patient-centered care with prevention and ongoing support services. We offer behavior health counseling for substance and/or drug dependence to Portland area residents.

What Is Substance and Drug Dependence?

Substance abuse refers to the hazardous use of psychoactive drugs, including alcohol, illicit drugs – such as cocaine, crystal meth and heroin – as well as misuse of prescription drugs. Over time, these substances can lead to dependence syndrome, a condition that develops after repeated drug use.

Signs of Substance and Drug Dependence

Some general physical and behavioral symptoms present with substance and/or drug dependence including changes in appearance such as bloodshot or glazed eyes, dilated or constricted pupils, sudden weight loss or gain, bruises and infections. Behavioral symptoms may include:

  • Increased hostility or irritability
  • Changes in personality and behavior
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Depression
  • Money issues
  • Neglected appearance

If you recognize these or any other signs of drug abuse, NHC can help. Our substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors offer counseling services that combine treatment and support so you can break drug or alcohol dependence both mentally and physically. Our experienced health professionals are dedicated to providing confidential, personalized, patient-centered healthcare, regardless of income or current state of wellness.

Serving at-risk, underserved patients in Washington and Clackamas Counties. NHC medical clinics are in Canby, Hillsboro and Milwaukie. Contact NHC to learn more about our counseling services or to make an appointment. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.