When does the occasional drink or two turn into a binge? How do you recognize the warning signs that your painkiller use may be something more ominous? What is substance abuse and how do you treat it? If you find yourself asking these questions, understanding how to answer them is paramount to your well-being.
What is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse differs from use because of its potentially harmful outcomes. In some scenarios, substance use eventually leads to abuse. The use of illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and club drugs often become substance abuse problems. However, there is more at play particularly if abuse involves a legal substance.
A good example is the opioid epidemic in the United States. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers increase and so do the number of dependent individuals. Eventually, a patient who legally obtains the drugs may begin abusing their prescription. Typically, this happens when the need for the drug subsides, but the desire for the same high intensifies.
Effects of Drug Abuse
No matter what your substance of choice is, there are universal drug abuse side effects. Initially, you develop a dependence that leads to unhealthy behaviors. You’ll do anything to get the next dose, even if it’s illegal. Finding yourself unable to control your substance use, you may continue using whenever the previous dose wears off.
Even when your health begins to suffer, you’ll keep using. You may develop a tolerance which leads to increasing your usual dose. Your relationships may suffer, you may be consistently broke and even lose your job. Even so, your use continues.
How to Quit Using
You don’t have to continue the vicious cycle of addiction. Addiction therapy offers a solution. Examples include:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Relapse prevention training
At San Antonio Recovery Center, friendly therapists help people like you overcome substance abuse problems. They’ll customize a treatment plan that considers your individual needs and goals. Why suffer when there’s help around the corner? Dial 866-957-7885 now for immediate assistance.