My Dad and Dementia

Hello, everyone! Am Naaz (name changed), working as a writer in a reputed company. All am going to share is a few words about my lovely dad’s dementia. Like every other kid in this world, I too grew up by seeing my dad as a hero. His biggest plus is being nice to everyone without […]

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MORE THAN JUST A DISEASE RELAP...

Relapse can always bring a full stop to a refreshed curing therapy. What causes this to happen? As cited below through a few examples, are negative emotional states, physical discomfort, positive emotional states, conflicts with others etc.etc. Most important to remember is that relapse doesn’t mean that the treatment process is a failure or the […]

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ECT- A prompt and effective cu...

It’s a pity that even over 70 years after the first successful demonstration of its efficacy in the treatment of acute mental illnesses like schizophrenia, there is still very little informed public opinion about Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Although, it is a fact that ECT is one of the most effective method for treating severe […]

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Yoga and beating alcoholism

Alcoholism is the dependency on alcohol that has a physiological and psychological impact on a person’s life. According to WHO, about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking. Another worrying trend from India is that the average […]

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Beating Addiction Stigma and S...

Recent Post How to find the best psychiatric hospital in Bangalore? It also provides the facility for family members to stay along with the patient; who gives them a better understanding of the…….. Is Manic Depression Genetic/ Hereditary? A chemical known as serotonin in the brain, has strong affects on an individual’s mood. The abnormalities […]

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Substance Abuse Disorder

Substance Abuse Disorder

Substance Abuse Disorder.

Substance abuse disorder is when an individual engages in a harmful intake of a substance or drug, affecting various areas of life. Due to the substance abuse the individual fails to function effectively in their personal, professional and social areas of life.

Identifying the symptoms at an early stage can enable a quicker recovery. Here let us first look at the symptoms of substance abuse:

  • Decrease in performance
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings
  • Aggression and hostility
  • Being secretive
  • Sudden change in appetite
  • Less regards of physical appearance
  • Anxiousness
  • Getting involved in illegal activities
  • Lack motivation, causing issues in relationships
  • Lying or deceiving others for obtaining the substance
  • Failed attempts to stop the abusive behaviour

Common substance that are abused:

  • Alcohol
  • Narcotics, opiates
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Meth
  • Amphetamines
  • Caffeine
  • Sedatives

In substance abuse the individual has no or less control over their substance intake. They take larger amount and/or use it for a longer period of time than they intended. They continue the abusive intake despite it affecting their work and personal life. This may result in marital conflict, child neglect and/or overall failure in fulfilling responsibilities.

Substance abuse may start as an experimental use; this could be under peer pressure or simply out of curiosity. It becomes a regular use when the individual constantly takes the substance when upset. When the substance use starts causing problem in personal and professional areas, it becomes an abusive intake.

Cause: The exact cause of substance abuse is not yet pinpointed. However, a lot factors are seen to play important role. It could be hereditary or the influence of the environment. Individuals, who grow up in a violent and hostile environment where they are exposed substance use, are vulnerable to substance abuse disorder. It could also be associated to child neglect or other mental illness.

With substance abuse disorder there a few associated mental illnesses. Some of them are anxiety disorders, major depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, sleep disorders and personality disturbances. These mental illnesses may either occur after the substance abuse or with it. At times, substance abuse results from other mental illness where the individual uses the substances as a coping technique.

Substance abuse disorder affects almost all areas of a person’s life. However, there are treatment programs available that can help the individual overcome this behaviour. These programs are available in both residential and out-patient basis providing the necessary services and support needed to live a functional life. For effective substance abust treatment programs, call us now on +919611194949.

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