Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the excessive use of a drug or substance, despite the harmful consequences that may occur. Individuals that abuse certain drugs or substances become addicted to these substances and cannot control their ability to resist the intense urges to take them. This abuse can affect a person's physical health and personal or social functioning. Substance abuse can include regular, excessive, or compulsive drinking of alcohol, and/or the habitual use of illegal or prescription drugs or other harmful substances. Severe substance abuse can destroy relationships, end careers, and lead to stroke, heart disease, brain damage, cancer, and even death. But where there is a problem there is a solution. Treatment plans like Suboxone in Las Vegas are very helpful in addiction cases but only if taken under a licensed doctors’ instructions..

Causes of Substance Abuse

People may turn to substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco for various reasons including pleasure, relaxation, anxiety, or relief from depression. Traumatic events, stress or chaotic home lives may trigger a dependence on these substances. The exact cause of substance abuse, however, is not known, but genes, the type of drug used, emotional distress, and other mental health problems can all be factors. Children who grow up in homes where a parent abuses drugs or alcohol may be at a greater risk for developing a substance abuse problem, for both genetic and environmental reasons. Individuals who may be at a greater risk for substance abuse or dependence may include those who:

  • Are depressed 

Types of Substance Abuse

Individuals may abuse substances that are legal or illegal. Abused substances commonly produce some form of intoxication that alters judgment, perception, or physical control. Substance abuse may include the abuse of drugs or substances including:

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco

  • Marijuana

  • Cocaine

  • Heroin

  • Prescription medication

  • Methamphetamines

  • Narcotics

  • Hallucinogens

  • Inhaled chemicals

Treatment of Substance Abuse

Treatment for substance abuse may vary, but the common goals are to help the individual stop abusing drugs or other substances, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and sustain a productive family and professional life. The first step in the successful treatment of substance abuse often begins with substance abusers admitting that they have a problem and need help. A very common treatment for opioid abuse in Las Vegas is Suboxone which is found to be very effective, even for extreme cases. Treatments may differ based on the individual and the specific substance that is being abused. Common treatment options may include:
  • Behavioral therapy

  • Medication

  • Support groups

  • Residential treatment programs

In some cases, a combination of medication like Suboxone and therapy is an effective form of treatment for substance abuse. A life-long commitment to sobriety is difficult to follow but crucial to a person's success in achieving and maintaining a drug-free lifestyle.

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