Lauren Stevenson, PsyD., Director
Pasadena, CA

Capstone Psychological Services

  • Tolerance (taking more of the drug to get the same effect)
  • Withdrawal (physical symptoms resulting from stopping the substance)
  • Taking more of the substance than was originally intended
  • Unsuccessful attempts to quit or reduce the use of the drug
  • Large amounts of time spent or focused on obtaining more of the substance or from recovering from its effects
  • Relationships have become significantly strained because of a person's use of the substance
  • There have been significant impairments in a person's functioning at school, work, or in their social life (family relationships)
  • Continued use of the substance despite negative legal, health-related, or psychological consequences
(National Institutes of Health)

Substance Abuse

What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is defined as a period of time in which a person is using drugs and/or alcohol with significant negative consequences. Drug abuse and alcohol abuse are issues that require specialized treatment, such as that can be provided at Capstone Psychological Services. It is important to seek some consultation or treatment for your drug or alcohol use when some of the negative consequences listed below are experienced: 

Signs of Substance Abuse:

Treatment Approach

Substance abuse treatment can take many forms. CBT Treatment for substance abuse helps the client unlearn old patterns of behavior and to learn new ways of coping with situations and thoughts that may have led them to use substances in the past. Attention is also focused on the underlying issues that often co-occur with substance use, such as depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflicts, such as relationship problems.

National Institutes of Health Link

Substance Abuse