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What is Substance Use Disorder (SUD)?
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a disease that affects an individual’s brain chemistry and behavior, leading to an inability to control the use of a substance to a clinical impairment. SUD is a relapsing disorder that is characterized by an individual’s compulsive drug seeking, long-lasting changes in brain chemistry and continued use regardless of the harmful consequences.
The following 12 criteria determine a Substance Use Disorder:
Commonly Abused Drugs
More About Alcoholism
Alcohol addiction does not discriminate. Unlike the general stereotype of an alcoholic who is homeless and dysfunctional, alcohol can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, education level, profession or socioeconomic status. Researches are still looking into why addiction affects some people and not others. However, some characteristics may increase an individual’s chance of being an alcoholic.
These factors include:
- Peer pressure from social circle or groups
- Family history of substance use disorder
- Mental illness, such as anxiety, depression or trauma
- Low self-esteem
- Underage alcohol use
- Regular alcohol use or binge drinking
The appropriate combination of support and evidence based treatment, alcohol addiction can be treated. Rehab for Substance Use Disorder has worked for millions of people nationwide. Help is available for you or a loved one who is struggling with alcohol addiction. It is possible for you to regain your health and life after undergoing a treatment program and learning the proper sober living skills.
HEAL Behavioral Health is an intimate program designed to provide the best care for people suffering for Substance Use Disorder. We are staffed with a team of experienced addiction professionals, many of whom are in recovery themselves. We can help you understand your addiction and build a life worth staying sober for—once and for all.
Addiction is a family disease and doesn’t necessarily only affect the person suffering. The family can feel the impact of addiction just as much as the user. No family will react well watching a family member suffer. At the same time, it’s hard for addicts in active addiction to realize their situation for what it is, who they are and understanding that they need to get help.
There is no such thing as revolutionary turning point that a family needs to wait for to stage an intervention. It is better not to wait. If someone’s substance use is negatively affecting the lives of those around him or her, seek professional help.
…Waiting for that “rock bottom” moment can lead to overdose or even death.
These are tell-tale signs that it is time for an intervention. Approach the situation with compassion and communicate how you and your family feel. It is important to understand that addicts are not receptive to harsh criticism. Our team at HEAL Behavioral Health can help with every step of the process. Consider having one of our professional team members to help stage an intervention for your loved one. Sometimes, having someone with personal experience conducting the intervention can allow for more successful and fluent communication than with just family.