Understanding Substance Use Disorder
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Substance use disorder (SUD) is the uncontrolled and recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs, despite there being detrimental consequences. If not dealt with, it can lead to severe health issues and problems at work, school and home.
Signs & Symptoms
If you’re worried that someone you know may have a substance use disorder, you’ll want to look out for any sign of symptoms that they may be showing, such as:
The Hidden Issue
SUD is often the response to an underlying issue. While there are many underlying issues to substance use disorder, mental health and stress are two major issues that can cause someone to turn to substances.
Treatment & Recovery Options
Recovery is possible. With patience, determination and support, you can find yourself on a strong road to recovery.
There is no “right” way to recover as everyone’s experience is different. That being said, there are many different types of treatment and recovery options that someone can undergo.
Behavioral Therapy & Counseling
As mentioned before, there are often underlying issues that lead someone to developing a substance use disorder. When someone has a substance use disorder, it’s pertinent that their recovery plan includes treatments that will address their symptoms and underlying emotions and stress behind the use of substances. Behavioral therapy and counseling can help a patient discover their symptoms, acknowledge the risk that it brings to their lives as well as creating a strategy to prevent use and relapse.
Support Groups and Meetings
Support groups and meetings can be highly beneficial to someone’s recovery plan. Finding a network of support with those who are seeking the same freedom you are not only helps someone to feel connected to something bigger than themselves, but the continued support from peers can be a major component to long-term sobriety.
Preventing Opioid Overdose
It's hard to anticipate when an overdose might occur; however, there are ways in which we can help prevent those we are with from doing so.