Addiction And Substance Use Disorder

Addiction and substance use disorder is a condition in which a person’s brain and behavior get uncontrolled due to using some drug. The use of alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs (heroin, cocaine), and prescription drugs make a person addicted. Intense use of substances affects brain ability. An addicted person cannot stop themselves from using those drugs. An addicted person can harm themselves or others when the condition gets worse. Substance disorder destroys
mental health, and changes affected person moods, thinking, and behavior. Substance use disorder can be treatable if diagnosis as early as possible. If a person gets addicted, treatment gets more complicated because of the condition of an addicted person.


Here are some symptoms that indicate addiction and behavior disorder,

  • Addicted person urge to have drug, daily or again and again in a day
  • Having an extreme craving for the drug that used help to forget other thoughts
  • After some time needing much substance to get the more pleasure
  •  Start taking more drugs over a long period
  •  You spend money on drugs even you start snatching to fulfill your drug need
  •  You cannot be able to work and do social activities, and you get cut from your social circle
    because of drugs
  • You cannot stop yourself by using drugs even you know it harms you and your overall health
  • When you want to stop taking drugs, you cannot stop yourself

How to recognize an addicted person in the family?

It is very important to know if your family member or teenager gets addicted. Here are some
indicators that help you to understand better,
The problems in school activities are missing school work, school activities, impaired
performance in school grades, and less interest in studies.
Physical health issues: if you notice drop energy levels, sudden weight gain or loss, red eyes.
Neglected grooming: No interest in self-grooming, cleaning, clothing 
Changed behavior: Aggressive behavior towards family members when they ask about
something personal. Mood changes with family and friends.
Money needs:
 frequent needs for money without any reason. Notice that money is missing or
someone steals things for drugs.

Risk factors of substance use

Following are some risk factors that develop substance addiction issues,

  • exposure to trauma
  • easy access to these substances
  •  mental health issues, such as:
  •  depression
  •  anxiety
  •  eating disorders
  • personality disorders
  •  substance use at school age
  • physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  •  family members or peers who use substances

How does substance disorder impacts life?

Increasing use of substances causes many problems, including mental and physical health, and
impacts daily life activities, such as:

  • Health problems
  • Failure to meet responsibilities
  •  Impaired control
  • Social problems
  • Disabilities
  •  Dangerous behavior

How to treat substance use disorder?

Different therapies treat substance use disorder according to the patient’s condition. For some
patients, a combination of therapies will work for better treatment. These therapies include,

  •  Detoxification:
    Your caregiver assists you in stopping taking drugs. It will allow drugs to leave your body.
  • Medication-assisted therapy:
    Medicine will help to control your addiction carving.
  • Behavioral therapy:
    Talk therapies are also beneficial in dealing with addiction. These therapies will help you to
    motivate back to everyday life.
     Premier Health Center treats substance disorders through the best treatments and psychotherapy.
    You can get services on-site or through telemedicine.