According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20.2 million adults had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2014. SUDs occur when alcohol use causes significant problems in a person’s life – affecting their major responsibilities with work, school, and/or home, health issues, and more. SUDs can include both substance dependence and abuse; commonly abused substances are opiates and other pain relievers, stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines, depressants such as alcohol and barbiturates, LSD and magic mushrooms, and/or marijuana. If you have been diagnosed with an SUD, it’s important that you seek help from a reputable treatment center today.
SUDs typically develop in a progression, with the first stage being experimentation, the second being regular use, the third being problem use, and the four stage being addiction. There are several signs of an SUD, including:
- Taking the substance for longer or in larger amounts than intended
- Wanting to stop drug use but being unable to or having failed attempts to quit
- Spending much of time trying to obtain, use, or recover from substance use
- Experiencing cravings to use substances
- Inability to effectively function and fulfill responsibilities at work, home, school, and other areas of life
- Continuing to use substances, despite the problems that it’s causing in many areas of life
- Withdrawing from activities and events to use substances
- Using substances again and again despite their inherent danger
- Continuing to use substances despite the physical or psychological harm you know they’ve already caused you
- Needing more of the substance in order to achieve the desired “high”
- Developing withdrawal symptoms
The more symptoms experienced by the individual, the more severe their addiction is. The intensity of the substance use determines what type of treatment and for how long a person will need to be in treatment. The sooner a person seeks help, the more likely they are to avoid developing worse symptoms. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about your options. It’s never too late to seek help.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.