Common Forms of Substance Use Disorder
Alcohol abuse is a leading cause of death in America. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “Each year in the United States, more than 140,000 people (approximately 97,000 men and 43,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes.” Some other substances people commonly misuse include:
- Marijuana and other hallucinogens
- Opioids and prescription painkillers
- Bath salts
- Party drugs
- Prescription medications
In many cases, illicit drugs are mixed with other drugs or substances, making it difficult to anticipate the effects and increasing the risk of severe injury, illness, or overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “In 2020, 91,799 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. The age-adjusted rate of overdose deaths increased by 31% from 2019 (21.6 per 100,000) to 2020 (28.3 per 100,000).” Abusing any substance is dangerous. Early intervention and professional recovery programs provide the best outcomes for women diagnosed with SUD.
Alcohol Use Disorder
Many individuals with SUD have co-occurring conditions, and some individuals misuse multiple substances simultaneously or alternate between using various substances. Drug and alcohol misuse are common comorbidities. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is one of the most common forms of substance misuse in America. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in 2021, “28.6 million adults ages 18 and older (11.3% in this age group) had AUD.” Avery Lane treats AUD using energy healing, evidence-based therapies, psychoeducation, and other treatment services. All forms of SUD and any co-occurring disorders are treated simultaneously to reduce the risk of relapse.
Side Effects of Substance Use Disorder
The far-reaching impact of addictive behaviors makes community education essential. People diagnosed with SUD often have undiagnosed mental health issues or untreated trauma affecting their ability to make healthy decisions. Treatment programs work by addressing the cause of addictive behaviors and educating families about the realities of substance misuse.
Avery Lane helps women connect their maladaptive behaviors to the symptoms and side effects of SUD, including:
- Legal problems and criminal charges
- Low self-esteem and self-confidence
- Compulsions and other mental health issues
- Relationship problems and difficulty navigating social interactions
- Severe and long-lasting health issues
Alcohol misuse causes significant physical and psychological side effects. The prevalence of alcohol makes it more dangerous and the consequences more noticeable. Studies have shown that “Alcohol abusers generally are not dependent on alcohol.” However, frequent bingeing or over-drinking creates “habits of drinking alcohol that result in harm to health, ability to work behavior, and judgment.” Many people have difficulty recognizing when they fail to drink in moderation.
Recognizing the Signs of Substance Use Disorder
Early intervention reduces the risk of experiencing severe or permanent side effects due to chronic substance abuse. Recognizing the signs of alcohol and drug misuse makes it easier to know when to seek help.
Some of the most common signs of substance abuse include:
- Unexplained changes in appetite and accompanying weight gain or loss
- Unusual aggression, irritation, or anger
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Difficulty maintaining relationships and personal responsibilities
- Secretive behavior, including creating hidden stashes of drugs or alcohol
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities or hobbies
- Inability to focus during everyday activities
- Frequent extreme mood swings and changes in energy
- Uncharacteristic lack of personal hygiene
- Paranoid thoughts, beliefs, or behaviors
- Risk-taking or self-harming behaviors
- Wearing layers of clothing or long sleeves and pants even during hot weather
- Frequent unexplained or excused injuries or scars
- Inability to stop drinking or consuming other substances
- Jaundice (yellow coloring around skin and eyes)
- Muscle tremors or spasms
Individuals who notice their loved ones exhibiting multiple signs of potential substance misuse can provide them with resources to treatment centers or other facilities. An official medical diagnosis of SUD is essential to ensure people struggling with substance misuse receive the most effective treatments. Women concerned about signs of substance abuse can contact Avery Lane and undergo comprehensive assessments and testing.
Treatment Options at Avery Lane
Avery Lane offers evidence-based and alternative holistic therapies to women with AUD, SUD, and co-occurring mental health disorders. The dedicated clinicians provide women a safe space to direct their own recovery using the resources and guidance of a compassionate care team. Women in recovery rely on Avery Lane to provide effective and relevant treatment options. The personalized services ensure clients feel heard and respected. All women in treatment can choose from multiple programs, allowing them to select ones that meet their personal, cultural, and spiritual needs and preferences. Everyone deserves access to high-quality recovery services and support. Avery Lane ensures women have the tools to successfully establish and maintain sobriety.
Alcohol and drug abuse affect individuals, families, and communities. Mental health and addiction education reduce the risk of developing SUD. Avery Lane provides psychoeducational counseling and evidence-based treatment to women recovering from substance misuse. Learn more by calling us today at (800) 270-2406.