Substance Abuse Clinic Questions and Answers
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Substance abuse is defined as the harmful use of a substance, either legal or illegal, in a manner that is not the intention or recommended use for that particular substance to change your mood. It could be in the form of drinking too much alcohol, abusing illegal drugs, taking more than the recommended dosage of a medication, or taking medication that is not prescribed or intended for you. Substance abuse can also include some substances that are not classified as drugs. The use of a substance that is classified as substance abuse is when it is used repeatedly and is causing significant impairment to the user including, but not limited to, health issues, impaired control, social issues, failing to meet responsibilities, risky use, and disabilities. If you are regularly missing school or work due to the use of substances, or the use is affecting your performance at these tasks, it is entering into the abuse level. Other factors that can qualify your substance use as abuse are if it is affecting your personal relationships, including the loss of friends or fights with family members, as well as distancing yourself from your loved ones who have expressed concern about your use of specific substances. You could also be at an abusive level when you find that you need more of the substance to get the feeling of euphoria you are trying to obtain, or you find yourself not being able to stop or say no to the substance.
There are many different types of substances that an individual can become addicted to. Substance abuse happens with both legal and illegal substances including alcohol, prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and tobacco products. Each substance will affect the user in a different way, but provide a feeling of euphoria, pain relief, or light feeling that creates the “high” that the user craves when they are not consuming their substance of choice. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of a substance abuse problem to know when you should seek medical treatment. When people first start consuming a substance that can lead to an addiction, they often think they are using it in moderation and don’t believe they will become addicted to it. Over time though, they can feel that the amount they used to use isn’t enough to relieve the pain or achieve the desired effect that they have come to expect. That can lead to abuse of the substance, causing the user to take more than the recommended amount, take it more frequently or search out alternative methods of reaching the feeling they are looking for.
Substance abuse disorders present themselves in two common forms: drug use disorder and alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is a legal, easily attainable substance, leading it to be the most commonly used substance amongst Americans. Inside of alcohol use disorder, there are two different types of drinking that can lead to alcohol addiction. Binge drinking involves the consumption of a large amount of alcohol in a single day and heavy drinking means consuming large quantities of alcohol several times a month. Drug use disorder can involve the use of over-the-counter medication, prescription medication or illegal drugs, or a combination of them. Some medications or drugs have a higher susceptibility to lead to addiction, with many illegal drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines, steroids, and heroin are highly addictive and can create a drug addiction very quickly. Other substances in the drug use disorder can take longer to create an addiction and the addiction can be the result of repeated use and increased tolerance, causing the user to take more than the recommended dosage.
In order to diagnose a substance abuse disorder, the individual suspecting they are suffering from an addiction will need to be assessed and evaluated by a medical health professional. Both a person’s physical and mental health will need to be evaluated, as well as blood and urine samples are taken, so they will need to be examined by a physician as well as a psychiatrist or psychologist. There are also specialized addiction medicine specialists who are highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of addiction patients. If your family doctor is unable to properly diagnose and treat you for a potential substance abuse disorder, they should be able to refer you to someone who can.
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