Addiction

WHAT IS IT?

Substance use disorder (SUD) is complex a condition in which there is uncontrolled use of a substance despite harmful consequence. People with SUD have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s) such as alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs, to the point where the person’s ability to function in day to day life becomes impaired. People keep using the substance even when they know it is causing or will cause problems. The most severe SUDs are sometimes called addictions.​

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SYMPTOMS
  • Problems at work or school

CONSEQUENCES
  • Declining health

  • Job loss

  • Worsening relationships

TREATMENT STRATEGY

Effective treatments for substance use disorders are available.The first step is recognition of the problem. The recovery process can be delayed when a person lacks awareness of problematic substance use. Although interventions by concerned friends and family often prompt treatment, self-referrals are always welcome and encouraged.  EMDR can help with this.

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