Substance use disorder? Anyone?

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So, what is substance disorder exactly?

"Substance Use Disorders occur when a person has a dependence on alcohol and or drugs that is accompanied by intense and sometimes uncontrollable cravings and compulsive behaviors to obtain the substance (Sutter Health, 2014). Do you take ADHD medication, caffeine, cocaine, methamphetamines, nicotine or other stimulants? These drugs all have a profound effect on our central nervous system. When one takes these drugs for a prolonged period of time, they become dependent on the substance. If the stimulant is stopped abruptly, the individual will go into withdrawal. Withdrawl symptoms include nausea, lethargy, depression, vomiting, cold sweats, fever, and aching pain to name a few.

The battle starts with you...

"it is possible you inherited a susceptibility to develop the same disorder. In addition, temperament, the inherited building blocks of personality, can predispose you to develop a problem with amphetamine use. Individuals who are open to novelty, are curious and frequently experiment with ways to increase happiness, prefer feeling overactive rather than underactive, and have difficulties coping with delayed gratification are more likely than their peers to develop an amphetamine use disorder (MRC 2014). Some people physically have this disorder in their chemical make up, while others seek dependency because of personal issues. Treatment may start with detoxifying your body from all harmful substance which will lead to withdrawal. After the person rids themselves from the substances, physchotherapy has been a great way to reduce dependence on these drugs. This type of therapy creates a situation where your brain can rewire and unlearn substance abuse on your body and mind. A treatment center in the LA area is provided below.

Why should I seek help?

Most people tend to shy away from help even when they know what they're doing is not in their best interest. They feel as though others will look at them wrong or think less of them when in reality people want the best for you. "Addiction is a problem that affects millions of Americans, and yet only a fraction of these people seek the help that they need. While people have their own reason: fear (Chapters, 2014). Do not feel as though you are doing something wrong because the first step in the process is to admit you have a problem. Once this happens, anything is possible for you. Seek help today and know that you're on your way to becoming the strongest version of yourself without drugs.

References

"Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs." . Chapters, n.d. Web. 4 Aug. 2014. <http://www.chapterscapistrano.com/treatment-programs/>.


"Amphetamine Abuse & Addiction Effects, Signs & Symptoms." . Mount Regis Center, n.d. Web. 4 Aug. 2014. <http://www.mtregis.com/addiction/amphetamines/effects-signs-symptoms#Causes-of-Amphetamines-Dependence->.


"Substance Use Disorder." . Sutter Health, n.d. Web. 4 Aug. 2014. <http://www.altabatessummit.org/behavhealth/diagnosis/substance.html>.


"Welcome To The UCLA Dual Diagnosis Program." . UCLA, n.d. Web. 4 Aug. 2014. <http://www.semel.ucla.edu/dual-diagnosis-program>.