Substance Use Disorder is the medical term used to describe a pattern of use of a substance (drug) that causes significant problems and / or suffering. Substance abuse refers to both the abuse of illegal substances such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine as well as legal substances such as alcohol, nicotine or prescription drugs. It is a disease that affects the brain and behavior and leads the person to a complete loss of control over the substance and their life. Signs of dependence include:
- Tolerance or need for increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the desired effect
- Physical withdrawal symptoms that occur if you decrease or stop consuming the substance (hangover)
- Spend a lot of time and energy to get the substance, use it and recover from the effects of using it
- Withdrawal from social and recreational activities
- Continued use of the drug, even when aware of physical, psychological, emotional, family or social problems caused by drug abuse
- Failure to comply with their obligations and liabilities due to consumption
- Constant worry with the harmful effects of abstinence and the positive effects of the substance (Obsession)
- To have intense impulses for the substance that block any thought (compulsion)
- Spending money on substance even when you know you can not spend it or can not afford it
- Do things to get the drug you normally would not do, like stealing.
- Failed attempts to stop consuming the substance.
- Physical degradation and personality changes.
Finding one of these 12 signs is a sign that alcohol is a serious problem in your life, even if your mind tries to convince you otherwise. Denial of the problem is one of the biggest obstacles to getting help. The desire to drink is so strong that the mind finds many ways to justify alcohol consumption even when the consequences are obvious.