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Substance Abuse

The use of alcohol and tobacco by adults in our society is fairly common and for many people does not present a mental health or health problem. However, the use of a substance such as alcohol, prescription medications, illicit drugs, or tobacco can become problematic when the pattern of use leads to significant impairment or distress in any of the following areas:

  • Consumption of larger amounts than intended
  • Desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or control use
  • Excess time spent obtaining, using or recovering from the substance
  • Craving, or strong desire to use
  • Failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home
  • Persistent social or interpersonal problems exacerbated by use of the substance
  • Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced
  • Recurrent use in situations where it is physically hazardous
  • Recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely exacerbated by the substance
  • Tolerance – diminished effect of usual amount of substance, or a need for marked increased amount to achieve the desired effect
  • Withdrawal – the physiological reaction of the body (different for each substance) following cessation of heavy or prolonged use

Services for the treatment of substance abuse are a subset of mental health services and many mental health clinicians/counselors provide services and counseling for multiple diagnosis.

It is suggested that you inquire as to the experience of a potential clinician/counselor regarding the specific services you need or desire.

Click here to view substance abuse treatment and support services.

 

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