What is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse includes the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Substance abuse, or drug abuse, is considered a patterned use of drugs in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods that are harmful to themselves or others. The cause of substance abuse is not entirely clear, some theories include genetic disposition or that it is learned from others.
Abused substances produce a form of intoxication which alters judgment, perception, attention, or physical control. Often times these substances produce dependence and bring on withdrawal, which is experienced when the amount of these substances used is reduced or stopped altogether.
Substances such as alcohol, tranquilizers, opiates, and stimulants may overtime produce tolerance. This tolerance causes the individual to use larger amounts of the drug to produce the same level of intoxication.
Commonly abused substances include:
- Club Drugs
- Rohypnol (also known as roofies)
Often family and friends are among the first to recognize the signs of substance abuse. Early identification of substance abuse may increase the chances for successful treatment.
Symptoms of substance addiction may include:
- Declining grades
- Disappearance of money or valuables
- Lack of interest in activities, such as sports, homework, or being with friends
- Frequent hangovers
- Lying, specifically about the amount of alcohol or other drugs being used
- Getting drunk or high on a regular basis
- Having legal troubles; getting arrested, etc.
- Drinking and driving
- Removal from school or work for alcohol or drug related issues
If you or a loved one are looking for continued support and treatment for substance abuse, our intensive outpatient program in West Palm Beach may be the right fit for you. At A New Start, Inc., our dedicated staff offers patients therapy services and a support system in an outpatient environment. To learn more, please call 1-844-TALK-ANS.