A Substance Use Disorder is a type of mental health disorder that causes a person to develop a need to use alcohol or drugs or to use these substances excessively. The person finds it difficult to control their use of alcohol or drugs, which means that they may want to stop or quit, but they end up using the substance again and again. This is why people with Substance Use Disorders need support and treatment from mental health professionals in order to stop using.
Alcohol Use Disorder is a common Substance Use Disorder, but there are many others. Some other common Substance Use Disorders include:
As you can see, some of the substances listed are legal or soon will be legal to use in some places. For example alcohol is legal to useif you are at least 21-years-old Other medicines are prescribed by doctors to treat some medical and mental health problems. For example most of the above substances are legitimate medical treatments for a variety of medical problems. , Many of these substances are only legal if they are prescribed to you by a physician. Some people can still develop a Substance Use Disorder when prescribed medications by a physician. Sometimes, this occurs when certain prescribed medications are taken for a long time or when a person takes more of the medication than prescribed. Other substances are illegal, such as heroin and cocaine and have few if any legitimate medical benefits.