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Substance Abuse Specialist

Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP -  - Psychiatry

Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services

Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP

Psychiatry located in Uniondale, NY, New Jersey, & Kansas State

Substance abuse seriously impacts your relationships, job performance and employment, and mental and emotional health. Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, empowers you to overcome addiction and provides a holistic approach to substance abuse at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services in Uniondale, New York. She offers patient-centered care to help you quit opioids, alcohol, tobacco, or other addictive substances. Call to set up your appointment or book online today.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse is the harmful misuse of any mood-altering substance. Drugs, alcohol, opioids, and other substances can be abused, meaning they’re not used in a way that it’s intended for or healthy.

Harmful use is defined as repeated use of a substance that creates:

  • Health issues
  • Failure to meet responsibilities
  • Disability
  • Risky behavior
  • Social issues
  • Impaired control

If your substance use is causing missed work or school, poor performance, isolation, or broken friendships and other relationships, you need help. Make an appointment at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services today.

What is opioid addiction?

A substance much misused in today’s society is an opioid medication, including pain pills, heroin, fentanyl, and morphine. You may have started using opioids for short-term pain control but couldn’t stop once the original cause of your pain was resolved. The substances have an addictive quality that takes over your life. Opioid dependence and addiction is a chronic long-term medical condition, and because of the way these substances affect the brain, opioid misuse isn’t something you can overcome on your own.

What symptoms suggest alcohol dependence?

If you develop a dependence on alcohol, it may show up as increased tolerance, meaning that you need to drink more over time to maintain the same effects. You may frequent places or situations where you can drink. You develop cravings and compulsions to drink.

If you’re unable to drink, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, mood swings, and insomnia.

How is substance abuse addressed?

Dr. Vansiea promotes self-love and self-esteem as part of a holistic approach to treating substance abuse. She offers medical management and uses God’s guidance to provide a supportive, effective treatment environment.

She recognizes that substance abuse can often occur in conjunction with other mood disorders and that both must be addressed. She partners with you to develop more positive coping skills so you can overcome your addiction and live a fuller, healthier, more secure life.

If you’re struggling with abuse or dependence on drugs, alcohol, or other substances, reach out to Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services today.


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