What Is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse refers to the physical and emotional dependency on substances like drugs or alcohol. Individuals with substance abuse have uncontrollable urges and persist to use the substances despite of the negative and harmful impact. Substance abuse can lead to life threatening consequences like stroke, cancer, cardiovascular disease and can also lead to mental health problems such as depression, dysfunctional, withdrawal.
Common Symptoms Include:
Neglecting responsibilities at school, work or home
Using substances under dangerous conditions (i.e. driving under the influence, using dirty needles)
Experiencing legal trouble
Problems in relationships
Building up tolerance to the substance
Using the substance to minimise or avoid withdrawal symptoms
Continuing to use substances even when you know they’re harming you
People who abuse substance regular but would like to quit, find it difficult to stop because of their dependency on them. Getting help from professionals can be the first step towards recovery. If you have substance abuse problem and want to quit, talk to one of our psychologists/psychotherapists. Our experienced clinicians can help you get your life back together. If any of the above sound familiar to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help you.