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What Is a Substance Use Disorder?

drug rehabAlcoholism and drug addiction are listed as diseases, but each of these falls under the larger umbrella of substance use disorders. Learning about what a substance use disorder is and what methods of treatment are available for it can play a critical role in preventative measures and recovery.

Understanding the Definition of Substance Use Disorder

A substance use disorder is defined as “when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Previously called substance abuse and substance dependence, substance use disorders are diagnosed by loss of control, habitual use, social dysfunction, etc.

Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

The term “substance use disorder” can refer to alcohol use disorder (AUD), tobacco use disorder, cannabis use disorder, stimulant use disorder, hallucinogen use disorder, and opioid use disorder. Drug addiction and alcoholism are the most widely known substance use disorders. There is no cure for addiction, alcoholism, or substance use disorders. However, there is effective treatment, which can begin with a medical detox and inpatient rehab. The reality is that substance use disorders, like alcoholism and drug addiction, can bring disastrous and even fatal consequences. Treatment for addiction to alcohol and drugs can help you finally recover and live free from the enslavement and crutch of any substance.

Are you suffering from a substance use disorder but unsure about what to do or where to go for help? The Watershed Texas offers a full continuum of care for the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and various types of substance use disorders. The time for help is now, so call The Watershed Texas at 1-800-861-1768.

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