What is a Substance Use Disorder – aka SUD?
Substance Use Disorder is a condition where an individual has developed an uncontrolled use or desire for a substance. These individuals are intensely focused on “using” the substances – so much that the thought of using is all-consuming, getting in the way of daily life decisions and responsibilities.
Some of the substances people become focused on are alcohol, tobacco and/or illicit drugs. People with Substance Use Disorder keep using these substances even though they understand its use causes problems. The most severe type of SUDs are called addictions.
People can develop an addiction to:
Over time, the substance used can cause permanent changes in the brain’s structure and cause people to have intense cravings, changes in personalities, abnormal movements or twitches and other unusual behaviors.
Studies done on the brain tissue of people with alcohol addiction, for example, show a direct relationship between excessive chronic alcohol consumption and significant shrinkage of brain tissue. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6668886/)
Repeated use of any of the above-mentioned substances can cause changes in brain functionality. To learn more about the substances and how they affect cognitive, motor and brain functionality, please visit https://www.watergapwellness.com/treatment/drug-and-alcohol-education.
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