WHAT IS SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER?
Substance use disorder is another name for addiction, whether the substances to which a person is addicted are legal or illegal. Many individuals develop a problem with substance abuse after being prescribed medication by a doctor to relieve pain. Some substances that can become addictive include:
Since addiction is a disease, it’s important for those suffering to seek professional help. Yet it might not always be obvious if you or a loved one is struggling with substance use disorder. Since some addictive substances, like prescription drugs, are legal, it can be hard to tell when use crosses the line into abuse. However, there are a few indicators to look out for. These include:
- Damage to relationships with family and friends due to drug and alcohol use
- Inability to fulfill responsibilities at work or at home
- Cravings for drugs when you are not using
- Needing to use more or more often to feel the same effects
- You’ve experienced negative physical effects from substance abuse but have continued to use
- Repeated failed attempts at quitting or decreasing your use
- Withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to quit, such as headaches, insomnia, and anxiety
If you’ve experience any of the above symptoms, it’s time to reach out to BrightView to learn more about our outpatient drug addiction treatment programs. We’re here to help you find the path to recovery.