Addiction Specialist

Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD., LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker located in Silver Spring, MD

Substance abuse impacts an estimated 25 million Americans. Fortunately, Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD, LCSW-C, is an experienced licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience providing addiction medicine and treatments for men and women at his private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland. With the right emotional and medical support, you can regain control of your life and overcome your addiction. The empathic team at Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD, LCSW-C, offers comprehensive addiction treatments for opiates, alcohol, and a variety of other controlled substances. If you have questions or would like to get on the road to recovery, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Addiction Q & A

What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse is the harmful and/or hazardous use of psychoactive substances like alcohol and drugs. Using psychoactive substances affects your mental processes, acting primarily on your central nervous system. These substances can alter brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, and behavior.

Psychoactive drugs can be helpful in temporarily relieving pain or treating neurological and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression. However, many of these substances are habit-forming. Both stimulants and depressant medications can cause your body to develop a chemical dependence that can lead to substance abuse.

What are the signs of substance abuse?

Common signs indicating an individual has an addiction to substances like prescription pain relievers include:

  • Changes in relationships; loss of friendships
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Decreased libido 
  • Flu-like symptoms, like fever, nausea, and headaches
  • Unexplained drowsiness
  • Weight loss 
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Lack of energy, lethargy
  • Theft or overspending on credit cards
  • Negative effects on career or work habits

Although these signs may be subtle or attributed to other factors, it’s important to pay attention and to seek treatment to minimize the risk of a deadly overdose.

How can I get help for substance abuse?

At his private practice, Dr. Kushaba provides compassionate and customized counseling services for patients wrestling with substance abuse. Counseling gives you a safe, judgment-free space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and memories. Dr. Kushaba can help you learn to recognize negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and can adjust the way you respond to them, producing healthier, more positive outcomes. 

If you or a loved one suffers from substance abuse, call the offices of Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD., LCSW-C, or request an appointment online today.