Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is defined as either dependence on or addiction to alcohol or drugs, legal or otherwise. Certain behavioral addictions are also considered substance use disorders. Like other mental health disorders, substance use disorders tend to affect not just the person with the disorder, but also family members and loved ones. Our treatment programs take a holistic look at all aspects of a person’s life, including family relationships. If you think you or a family member is suffering from addiction and is showing signs and effects of a substance use disorder, please contact our admissions counselors online or call 888-711-0354 for a confidential consultation.

Signs of a Substance Use Disorder

It is important to determine if you or a loved one is showing signs of a substance use disorder. Two defining aspects of a substance use disorder are dependence and withdrawal. While the DSM-5, the APA’s latest version of its diagnostic manual, classifies a substance use disorder by its severity (from mild, moderate, to severe), there are questions you can ask yourself to determine if drugs or alcohol have become a problem for you or a loved one. Here are 10 of them:

  1. Do you compulsively—in other words, uncontrollably—seek out drugs or alcohol, sometimes despite having had negative health or social consequences (losing a job, getting into legal trouble)?
  2. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use?
  3. Have you failed to adequately perform at work, home, or school?
  4. Are your relationships suffering, or have you lost friends or family members due to your substance use?
  5. Do you hide your use?
  6. Do you have trouble limiting your use, or can’t seem to feel “normal” unless you use?
  7. Have you had memory loss, blackouts, or engaged in other risky behavior while seeking out drugs or using drugs or alcohol?
  8. Have you lost interest in other things, like hobbies or relationships, outside of your drug use?
  9. Do you feel guilty about your use, or have you had family members and friends express their concern about your use?
  10. Have you gotten into legal trouble (arrested, sent to jail) while you were seeking out drugs or using drugs or alcohol?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or recognize any of these signs of a substance use disorder, you are in the right place. Seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction can be scary, but our experienced staff is here to help you through this tough time.

Effects of a Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorders can have a variety of effects, ranging from mild to severe. These can be health problems, legal problems, or failing to meet important responsibilities at work, school, or home. Because substance use disorders are typically family problems, relationships with family members and friends can be negatively—and often, significantly—affected.
Withdrawal symptoms are immediate when you stop using, and they can present their own brand of effect: most drugs cause some form of increased heart rate and/or blood pressure, sweating, and tremors. Sometimes there are more serious symptoms, including confusion, seizures, and visual and auditory hallucinations. Some of these can even be fatal if not properly treated.
All alcohol and drug abuse can lead to long-term health problems. Alcohol addiction can increase someone’s chance of developing liver problems. Tobacco use disorder does damage to nearly every organ in the body and can lead to lung cancer, respiratory and heart disease, and stroke. Long-term use of cannabis can harm the respiratory system, impact memory function, and expose users to cancer-causing compounds. Opioids, whether prescribed oxycodone and hydrocodone or illegal heroin, can lead to serious medical complications, namely overdose and withdrawal symptoms like negative mood, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches, diarrhea, fever, and insomnia. Cornerstone Recovery Center offers treatment for a wide range of substance use disorders. Our experienced therapists can help provide a diagnosis and individualized treatment plan to help get you started on the road to recovery.

When is it Time to Seek Treatment for a Substance Use Disorder?

Is it time to seek help for a substance use disorder? If you are suffering from the signs and effects of a substance use disorder and cannot stop using drugs or alcohol on your own, now is the time to reach out for help. An addiction recovery facility like Cornerstone Recovery Center can provide the tranquility and healing environment needed to begin the recovery process and learn how to live a happy and fulfilling sober life. Many of our clients that come to us from the northeast, such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts love the warm breezes and being near the ocean.
We offer traditional addiction treatment services as well as co-occurring treatment for those with a substance use disorder and severe mental health disorder. We also have separate housing facilities for men and women with transportation to and from the treatment center. Each program is customized for the individual’s needs and preferences. Our medical director and therapists are highly trained and well respected within the industry. Relapse prevention is interwoven throughout all of our programs, and we offer trauma and PTSD counseling as well as an Alternative Sentencing Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.) and court liaisons for those who come to us with pending court cases and other legal trouble. Family Night is held twice a month at our facility for family members and loved ones who need support and education about addition and recovery. The bi-monthly event is free and open to the public. After treatment, our Pillar Alumni Program provides ongoing support for a happy and sober life.

Make the Call. . . Get Help for a Substance Use Disorder

Is a substance use disorder controlling your life or ruining the life of your loved one? There is hope! Call the admissions counselors at Cornerstone Recovery Center today and find out how we can help you live the life you’ve always dreamed of with our individualized treatment programs. Drugs and alcohol don’t have to keep you imprisoned any longer. Call 888-711-0354 or contact us online today. All communication with our staff is confidential.