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Mental & Behavioral Health Services Scottsdale, AZ

Get professional mental & Behavioral Health services with Empower You Experts of Scottsdale, AZ. Our expert licensed clinicians and life coaches have worked with a variety of individuals throughout the country providing both mental & behavioral health services.

As professional therapists, we do not focus on labels, diagnoses, and/or over pathologize individuals. We will provide a diagnosis upon request. We genuinely and compassionately treat the whole person. Empower You Experts is an all-inclusive practice providing services to every person regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

It is important to note that there is a profound difference between mental health and behavioral health. As mental health service providers in Scottsdale, AZ, we must understand this difference because it is critical to receiving the right kind of treatment for your condition.

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Mental Health Services or Behavioral Health Services: What’s the Difference?

At Empower You Experts, we distinguish between an individual’s mental and behavioral health. Our mental health comprises of several factors including our psychological state, our biology, and our habits. Our behavioral health explores how our habits affect our overall physical and mental well being. Behavioral health is a subset of mental health, meaning that not all mental health disorders result from behavioral issues. Some of them are caused by brain chemistry or genetics.

Mental health disorders not directly related to or caused by behaviors:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Behavioral Health Disorders result from maladaptive behaviors that negatively impact your mental or physical condition.

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Anxiety Issues We Work With

Some examples of Behavioral Health Disorders:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Sex Addiction
  • Gambling
  • Internet Addiction

Treating Behavioral Health Disorders

Behavioral Health disorders are classified by unhealthy habits, those habits are often not the root cause of the issue. Behavioral Health disorders frequently co-occur with mental health disorders. Therefore, in order to effectively treat any of these conditions, simply changing behaviors is not enough; one needs to also consider psychological counseling and/or psychiatric care to address the underlying problem. As professional Behavioral Health service providers in Scottsdale, AZ, Empower You Experts can help you or a loved one suffering from a Behavioral Health disorder.

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Recovering from a mental illness and/or a Behavioral Health Disorder requires commitment, hard work, and support. As the premiere mental health service providers in Scottsdale, AZ, Empower You Experts can provide you with a safe, encouraging, peaceful environment along with experienced, empathetic, strategic, kind therapists to help guide you on your journey of healing.

It is never too late to live a healthy, balanced, and empowered life! 

Anxiety Issues We Work With:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Life Transitions
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Sexual/Love Anxiety
  • Sports Performance Anxiety
  • School Anxiety/School Refusal
  • Specific Phobia
  • Agoraphobia

Depression Issues We Work With:

  • Mild or Moderate Depression
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Sports Depression
  • Bipolar II
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Low Energy/Motivation Issues
  • Social Sadness

Relationship Issues We Work With:

  • Relationship & Marriage Issues
  • Parenting Stress
  • Parenting Doubt
  • Couples Distress
  • Intimacy Anorexia
  • Family Problems
  • Work Stress
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Understanding Addiction & Substance Abuse

Addiction could include the use of substances, such as alcohol, drugs-opioids, opiates, cocaine; inhalants, nicotine, and others; or behaviors such as exercise, eating, sex, and gambling.  Scientific evidence reveals that addictive substances and behaviors play a part in primary neurobiological features that intensely activate brain pathways to experience reward and reinforcement, often involving the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Dopamine interacts with another neurotransmitter, glutamate, to take over the brain’s system of reward-related learning.  While dopamine is not the sole cause of addiction, its motivational properties are thought to play a role in addiction.  Remember, the reward center in our brain releases dopamine in response to pleasurable experiences.  This part of our brain is also closely linked to memory and motivation.  When going through addiction & substance abuse therapy with Empower You Experts, we provide you with an understanding of how your body works when it is addicted to a substance and/or behavior.

In general, when we experience a positive feeling or sensation and dopamine is released into the pathways of the reward center, our brain takes note of:

  • What triggered this sensation: Was it a substance?  A behavior?  A type of food?
  • Any cues from our environment that can help us find it again.  Did we experience it at night?  What else were we doing?  Were we with a certain person?

When we are exposed to those environmental cues, we will begin to feel the same drive to seek out that same pleasure.  This drive can be incredibly powerful, creating an urge that is hard to control.  With addiction & substance abuse therapy at Empower You Experts, we use a results driven program to help break the cycle of addiction.

There is No Single Cause of Addiction

When going through addiction therapy with Empower You Experts, clients learn and understand why there is no single cause of addiction.  Addiction is a disease that does not have a single, obvious cause.  Dopamine plays a role, but it is one small piece of a larger puzzle.

Addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental, psychological, and biological factors.  At Empower You Experts, we believe a combination of biological, environmental, psychological, and behavioral factors can significantly increase one’s risk for developing an addiction.  While going through addiction & substance abuse therapy, one of our goals is to discover the underlying causes of your addiction.

Some of these biological factors include:

  • Genes- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 40 to 60 percent of addiction risk stems from genetic factors.
  • Health history- Having a history of certain medical conditions, particularly mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder can increase your risk.
  • Developmental stage- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using drugs and/or alcohol as a teenager increases your risk for addiction down the road.

Environmental factors, particularly for children and teenagers, include:

  • Home life- Living with or near people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol can increase risk.
  • Social influences- Having friends who take drugs and/or alcohol can make it more likely you will try them and potentially develop an addiction.
  • Challenges at school- Having troubles socially or academically can increase your risk for trying drugs/alcohol and eventually developing an addiction.

Psychological factors include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Personality Traits like high impulsivity or sensation
  • Eating Disorders
  • Other Psychiatric Disorders

Behavioral factors include:

  • Method of Use – Just as certain drugs may be more addictive than others, your method of using drugs can also increase your risk of addiction.  Drugs that are smoked or injected into your body tend to be more addictive than those that you swallow.  When you smoke or inject drugs, they go straight into your bloodstream and brain, rather than passing through your liver and other organs where they are filtered first.
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Workaholism
  • Smoking Tobacco
  • Other Substance Use/Abuse

As a reminder, these are just some of the many factors that can contribute to addiction.  Keep in mind they do not mean an addiction will develop.  However, having a better understanding of what triggers an addiction through substance abuse therapy will help in the treatment process.

What is The Difference Between Drug or Alcohol Abuse and Addiction?

There is a range in the severity of substance problems: from mild to moderate to severe.  Drug or alcohol abuse is a mild substance problem, defined by having two or three symptoms of addiction.  People who abuse drugs or alcohol can experience serious consequences such as accidents, work and/or school problems, crime, overdoses, violence and suicide.  Many people experience alcohol or drug abuse problems but are able to stop using or change their pattern of use without progressing to addiction.

The most severe form of addiction is a physical, often chronic, disease that most often requires intensive, long-term treatment.  And just like other serious diseases, people with severe addiction get increasingly sick over time, develop other illnesses as a result of the disease, and can ultimately die.

Addiction causes serious damage to families, relationships, marriages, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.  The most common symptoms of addiction are severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal.

Addiction can occur in many forms.  Often, it is assumed that physical dependence characterized by withdrawal symptoms is required in order for someone to be diagnosed with an addiction disorder, but the fact is that behavioral addiction can occur with all the negative consequences in a person’s life minus the physical issues faced by people who compulsively engage in drug and alcohol abuse.

Can Anyone Become Addicted?

At Empower You Experts, we believe the answer is YES!  Some drugs are so highly addictive (for example heroin, methamphetamines, nicotine) that using them excessively or on a regular basis can cause addiction for anyone.  Fortunately, addiction & substance abuse therapy in Scottsdale, AZ is available with Empower You Experts.  Make an appointment today.

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