Substance Use and Addictive Disorders

Substance Use and Addictive Disorders are complicated conditions that entail biological and environmental factors.

People often think that the person suffering from an “addiction” is using a substance for “fun”. Recent research shows that there are vast combinations of genetic and biological factors that causes the person suffering from this condition to compulsively seek the use of the substance.

Symptoms

Addictive disorders can cause people to give up on family and social relationships, impair occupational life, lead to academic underperformance, and even create legal problems.

Chronic substance use disorder can have a negative impact on the brain leading to depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis, and other psychiatric conditions.

Treatment

Active treatment entails family support, self help groups, individual and group therapy, and medication to treat coexisting psychiatric conditions.