What is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is losing control over the use of a substance. 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. 
 
Substance abuse usually 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. A person will justify the usage and the impact the substance has on their life. They’ll 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, they develop addictive logic, they periodically lose control and their self-imposed rules are broken.
 
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 supply of substance and use it secretly. 
 

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Please call the Outpatient Clinic with questions, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 918-491-3700. Laureate is available 24 hours/7 days for all emergencies at 918-481-4000.   

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