Substance Abuse in Indiana
Substance abuse is a pattern of harmful use of any substances to take advantage of their mood-altering purposes. These substances can include alcohol, prescription medications, illegal drugs as well as caffeine and nicotine.
Substance use and abuse can eventually lead to drug tolerance, chemical dependence and addiction. Substance use disorder is an alternative term for addiction and can reference the specific substance being used such as opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, cannabis use disorder or inhalant use disorder.
Overview of Substance Abuse
Certain substances, such as benzos, cocaine or heroin, are more dangerous and associated with higher risks than others. How much is too much of a substance depends on a number of factors including your personal history of addiction, family history of substance abuse and how well you are managing your lifestyle and goals.
Learning how to recognize substance abuse include looking for certain signs such as:
- Using substances in larger quantities
- A significant, yet unsuccessful attempt to stop using
- Spending more time getting and using the substance
- Continual cravings and urges to use the substance
- Needing larger amounts to feel the same effects
- Developing withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit
- Ignoring work, family and social obligations
- Continued use of the substance even if it’s causing physical harm
The more signs you show, the more likely you are to become addicted to your substance of choice.
Seeking Help for Substance Abuse
When it’s time to get help for drug or alcohol abuse there are many recovery programs available as either an inpatient or outpatient basis. The specific treatment plan recommended for each person depends on your age, health history, the substance being used, the amount used and how long it’s been used.
The first step to getting well is usually a medically supervised detox to help clear harmful substances from your body while managing any withdrawal symptoms as they happen. If you are struggling with drug or alcohol substance abuse, reach out to Indiana Center for Recovery by calling: 844-650-0064.
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