Substance Abuse

Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Chapel Hill, NC

Substance abuse is a challenge to cope with, so it’s vital that you have an experienced substance abuse specialist at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill to guide you through a safe recovery. Matt Bader, MD is one of the few board-certified addiction psychiatrists in private practice in North Carolina; he is dedicated to rapidly improving your quality of life. Whether you’re dealing with opioid addiction, alcoholism, or some other type of substance addiction, reach out for help from Dr. Bader now. New patients can call the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, office, or make an appointment with the online scheduler.

Substance Abuse Q & A

Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

What are the Signs of Substance Abuse?

Some of the signs of substance abuse to watch for include:

  • Tolerance Increase: Your tolerance increases over time, which means that you need more and more of the substance to get an effect. You may also feel completely unable to duplicate the original effect, no matter how much of the substance you use.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: When you don't use the substance, you have symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can vary but often include nausea, stomach pain, sweating, sleeplessness, and anxiety.
  • Regulation Issues: If you can't regulate your intake of the substance, it's a symptom of substance abuse. You may continually make plans to cut down or to spread out your use in a different way, only to fail very quickly when the cravings hit.
  • Familial and Social Effects: Substance abuse usually takes a toll on both family life and social life. If you've missed events, avoided spending time with friends or family, or made other changes because of the substance, you may have substance abuse.


Many men and women who suffer from substance abuse can recognize at least a few of these symptoms, and that can be the first step in making a positive change.

How is Substance Abuse Treated?

The approach to substance abuse is based on your needs and situation. Psychotherapy is often an important part of recovery because it helps patients understand how and why the substance abuse began.

Cognitive behavioral therapy may be especially helpful for those with substance abuse. In this type of therapy, you'll work with your psychiatrist to better understand how and when harmful behaviors happen. You'll learn new coping tools to help you change the behaviors into positive ones over time.

Do I Need Medicine During Substance Abuse Treatment?

Some patients need medication during substance abuse treatment. It's specific to the situation, so your psychiatrist will fully evaluate you during the consultation to create a treatment plan. If you do need medication, it's typically combined with ongoing psychotherapy for optimal benefit.

Reach out now for support with substance abuse so you can live your life to the fullest again. Call Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill today to start your recovery.