Substance and alcohol abuse occurs when a person becomes dependent on alcohol or drugs, and that dependency affects their ability to function normally.
Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive substance and alcohol use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. It is unknown why some become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, but because drugs and alcohol may change the way the brain functions, it is difficult for the addicted to quit, even if they are mentally prepared to do so.
Treatments are available to help counter substance and alcohol abuse, including medication and behavioral therapy. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse.
If you think you or someone you know may be suffering from addiction issues, contact us for a free psychiatric assessment.
For more information on substance, visit the National Institute of Drug Abuse.