Substance Use Disorder
Substance Use Disorder is a dependency on and addition to drugs and/or alcohol that is known as substance use disorder. There are different types of drug dependencies, from tobacco to heroin to the misuse of opioids and other medications.
Signs of Substance Use Disorder can include:
- Continued use of drugs or alcohol
- Tolerance of, or craving substances
- Loss of control
- Physical dependence on substances
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Blaming other people or circumstances for your problems
Substance Use Disorder can affect any gender, age, profession, economic status, race or ethnicity, and is considered a long-term illness like asthma or diabetes.
Different factors can contribute to abuse and dependency, but it’s important to know that treatment is available. The first step is to seek guidance from a health care professional who can help.