What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is the loss of control over the use of drugs or alcohol. People with addictions can’t stop using even though it may ruin their health, destroy family relationships, damage friendships, affect their job or cause other serious problems.

How Drug and Alcohol Abuse Happens

There are many symptoms of substance abuse, though it almost always involves a pattern of activity. A person tries a substance to discover what it is like because of choice, peer pressure or stress. Then, a relationship begins to build with the substance being abused. The person will justify the usage and the impact the substance has on their life. They begin to alter their lifestyle to accommodate the substance, including changing activities they once enjoyed and changing friends with whom they spend time.
 
With early dependence on a substance comes growing anticipation and preoccupation with the chemical. A person with an addiction begins to have negative feelings about themselves, develops addictive logic, periodically loses control and breaks self-imposed rules.
 
Harmful dependency is marked by an increasing tolerance for the substance being abused. Those with addictions experience blackouts, increasingly violate their own personal value system and become protective of their substance supply and use it secretly.

Hope and Help Starts with Tulsa’s Addiction Experts

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, the chemical dependency experts at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa can help. Our medically supervised, highly personalized programs—including inpatient care, intensive outpatient treatment, relapse programs and more—are designed to help you understand the root cause of your addiction, break the cycle and reclaim a happy and healthy life.

For more information about substance abuse and our comprehensive care, please call 918-491-3700, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Laureate is available 24/7 for all emergencies at 918-481-4000.  

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