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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

A lot of people in today’s society fall into addiction to substance use, which in turn gives them a condition called substance use disorder. That’s why it’s important to stop substance usage before you become addicted to it because having a disorder is not easy to fix, it is not something you can walk into a clinical laboratory seeking for a cure. It is very difficult to fix. That’s why it is advisable to stop on time.

What is Substance Use Disorder (SUD):

Substance Use Disorder SUD

Substance use disorder has to do with the inability to control the usage or consumption of substances like tobacco, illicit drugs, or alcohol, which can be very harmful. Persons with this condition take these substances on a day-to-day basis to a point where it becomes impossible to do with them, their whole focus is diverted to them and gradually it becomes an addiction.

The behaviors of people who have a substance use disorder are very distorted thinking,  normal movement, change in personality, and forgetfulness. These behavioral changes are due to the changes caused to the brain by the substance taken in by the user which can still last even after the effects of the substance fade.

Substances that People can get SUD on:

  • Tobacco
  • Sedatives, anxiolytics and hypnotics
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine, and other stimulants
  • Opioid painkillers
  • Inhalants
  • Alcohol

Reasons for Substance Abuse:

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There are various reasons why people go into drug abuse, which includes:

  • To forget their problems or to hide their pain: Some people get into substance abuse just so that they can forget their worries, stress, trauma and depression by feeling numb.
  • To get that good feeling of pleasure, highness or intoxication: Some people take it to get that feeling of pleasure or highness, where they become unaware of the things happening around them while being pumped up and energetic at the same time.
  • To increase or improve their creativity or productivity: This is done mostly by athletes, musicians or just a regular person behind a desk in an office. These people feel that they are at the peak of their creativity or productivity when they take these substances.
  • Peer pressure: Others do it to feel among or belong to a particular circle of friends by bowing to peer pressure.

Signs of Substance Use Disorder:

Substance Use Disorder SUD

These are the symptoms of a substance use disorder:

  • Can’t control urge: Inability to control cravings for the use of such substances is one of the signs of SUD.
  • Taking risks: Always wanting to do things out of the ordinary and the continuous usage of the substances with knowledge of how harmful they will be to your body and general well-being.
  • The effect of the substance: This has to do with the need to take a larger dosage of the drugs or substance taken by the user.
  • Having social problems: When there is a constant use of drugs, it can cause problems for you in your social life. You begin to distance yourself from friends and family, because you have less focus at work or school, always feeling the need to be alone.

How to Treat Substance Use Disorder:

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Treating substance use disorder does not come from a drug made in a clinical laboratory but it has to do with following some steps, which includes:

  • Talking to a physician: Talking to a physician can help you know the depth of the problem. They can detect when you start having withdrawal signs and give you advice on what treatment to undergo in order to stop it.
  • Talking to a therapist: Booking an appointment to see a therapist who specializes in treating people with substance use disorder will help you control your emotions and desires, while keeping you more focused and your mind more stable.
  • Enroll in a rehabilitation center: Get yourself into a rehabilitation center where there will be no distractions or opportunity to relapse until you are better treated for your SUD.
  • Get medication: This normally happens when you  have mental health issues or experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
  • Attend peer support group: Join a support group to get support and encouragement from people who also suffer with SUD like you. You get to hear their efforts, stories and struggles with SUD, which can be a source of motivation for you.

If you are suffering from addiction and substance use disorder, follow this advice and see how your lifestyle will improve. Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Substance use disorder – SUD

American Psychiatric Association: Help With Addiction and Substance Use Disorders

Verywellmind: DSM 5 Criteria for Substance Use Disorders

MSD Manual, Consumer Version: Substance Use Disorders – SUD

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