So Exactly what is Substance Abuse anyways?

Another name for Substance Use Disorder.

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This is the medical description used to describe the following:
Substance abuse is a medical term for a pattern of substance (drug) use that produces severe issues or distress. Missing work or school, or using the chemical in potentially harmful conditions, like driving a car, are examples of this. It could lead to legal issues or it could lead to consistent substance abuse that disrupts family and friendship connections. Substance abuse is defined as the misuse of illegal substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine as a recognized medical brain problem. It could also be the misuse of legal substances like alcohol, nicotine, or prescribed medications. The most commonly abused legal drug is alcohol.


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Substance Dependency 

Substance dependency is a medical term for drug or alcohol misuse that continues even after severe issues have arisen as a result of its use. Dependency manifests itself in several ways:

  • Tolerance to the medicine or the requirement for higher doses to achieve an ‘effect.’
  • Withdrawal symptoms can take place when you reduce or stop using a medication that you find difficult to reduce or stop using.
  • Investing a significant amount of time on obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of drugs.
  • Withdrawal from activities in both the social and recreational spheres of life despite being aware of the physical, psychological, and family or social problems created by your drug misuse, you continue to use the drug.

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What substances are most abused?

  • Prescription medicine such as pain and anxiety pills along with stimulants.
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opiates
  • Hallucinogens
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Inhalants
  • Marijuana

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What causes Substance Abuse and Dependency?

The level of acceptance of drugs and/or alcohol use is determined by cultural and socioeconomic factors. What is legal and what is criminal in terms of drug use is determined by public legislation. The subject of what constitutes normal or acceptable substance use is still up for debate. Multiple variables contribute to substance abuse addiction and dependency, including genetic predisposition, environmental stresses, social pressures, individual personality traits, and psychiatric issues. However, in all circumstances, it is impossible to tell which of these elements has the most impact on a single person.

Houghton House Treatment Centres professional staff and doctors are experienced at the process of Inpatient Detox, our inpatient and outpatient detox programs help prevent dangerous complications from Substance Abuse.
Patients with severe addictions should seek our inpatient detox because withdrawal can be fatal. Our Inpatient detox includes 24-hour support and monitoring.
Stopping “cold turkey” or without medical supervision can lead to grim issues, seizures, severe dehydration and often death from Substance Abuse

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