what is the definition of substance abuse?

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse is the overindulgence or reliance on an addictive substance. It does not matter if the substance is legal or illegal, if it has addictive qualities, it can become addictive. Illicit drugs (e.g., cocaine and heroin), certain prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine are all considered addictive substances.

The overuse of addictive drugs can lead to a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). When cravings are unmanageable, work and home-life suffer, and thoughts are consumed with plans to use, professional help should be considered.

Therapy can absolutely help with the psychological effects of addiction and recovery. Many therapy modalities are available to help individuals struggling with addiction move on to happier, healthier lives.

To get urgent help with a substance problem, you can reach out to the SAMHSA National Helpline at (800) 622-4357. Learn more at samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline.

At Claibourne Counseling, we offer caring treatment for individuals seeking a healthier path!