4 Categories of Substance Use Disorder Symptoms

Substance Use Disorder Symptoms

Addiction is a complex and nuanced topic. Conquering addiction is a lifelong pursuit for many and often requires professional assistance. In this article, we are going to discuss the four categories of substance use disorder symptoms and how to effectively treat each.

Impaired Control

Loss of control is a big indicator of a substance abuse problem. If an individual is unable to cut down or stop using a controlled substance, that is a tell-tale sign of addiction.

Social Problems

Addiction can also have a huge negative impact on an addict’s social life. Substance abuse will often contribute to issues completing tasks at work or school and can also cause an addict to reduce the amount of social activities they engage in.

Risky Use

Individuals struggling with addiction will often use drugs in increasingly risky settings, or continue using despite knowing the associated problems. For example, if an addict’s doctor diagnoses them with alcohol related liver disease and tells them to stop drinking, the addict may continue to drink despite the life-threatening consequences.

Drug Effects

The effect that a substance has on an individual can also indicate addiction. If withdrawal symptoms occur when weening off a substance, that can be an addiction indicator. Similarly, if an individual begins to build a tolerance for a substance and it takes larger amounts of the substance to achieve the same effect – it could mean addiction.

Help for Individuals Struggling with Substance Abuse

At Clarity Family Consulting, we provide help for individuals (and their families) struggling with substance abuse issues. Our services range from clinical intervention, to case management, to sober companions, to therapeutic transport, and beyond. Our team has years of experience working closely with addicts and their family members to achieve long-term success in sobriety. Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide and how we can help you or a loved one through substance use issues.