Chemical Dependency Specialist

Mountain View Psychiatry & TMS

Psychiatrists located in Mountain View, CA

If you have a chemical dependency, Zahida Tayyib, MD, and her team at Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS in Mountain View, California, can help you recover. Chemical dependency negatively impacts your health, your emotional well-being, and your relationships with others. If you’re ready to regain your health and control over your life, call Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS or schedule an appointment online today.

Chemical Dependency Q & A

What is chemical dependency?

Chemical dependency develops as your body gets used to a substance such as alcohol or drugs, including nicotine, painkillers, or illicit substances, and you need to use more of the substance to get the same effect.  

Chemical dependency is closely linked to addiction, or substance abuse disorder. Addiction is characterized by compulsive use of a substance, even when seeking and using the drug has increasingly negative consequences.

It’s also possible to develop a chemical dependency on drugs designed to help you recover from an addiction, such as Suboxone and methadone. While these medicines can help you stop taking opioids and other illicit drugs, without counseling and taking additional steps to support your recovery, you could exchange one substance for another.

What are the signs of chemical dependency?

Chemical dependency causes many changes in your physical, emotional, and cognitive wellness. For example, you may notice:

  • Mood changes: becoming irritable or having angry outbursts
  • Cognitive changes: poor concentration, decreased motivation, poor performance at work
  • Behavioral changes: doing things that are out of character or dangerous to get or use a substance
  • Sleep changes: sleeping more or less than usual
  • Physiological changes: changes in weight, changes in appetite, tremors, or slurred speech

Additionally, as you develop a chemical dependency, you will start to experience other symptoms and changes. For example, you may develop withdrawal symptoms when you try to cut down or stop using the drug. You might also withdraw from your friends and family or avoid social and recreational activities you used to enjoy.

How is chemical dependency treated?

At Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS, Dr. Tayyib and her team provide customized treatment plans to help you recover from your chemical dependency. They combine psychopharmacology with counseling and support from family and other health care providers to help you make the changes necessary to achieve sobriety.

For example, careful medication management helps control your cravings for a drug and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Over time, through individual and group therapy sessions, you taper off your medication until you don’t need it at all.

While the road to recovery is a challenging path, if you’re ready to commit to your health and wellness, Dr. Tayyib and her team can help. Call Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS or schedule a consultation online today.