What is a substance use disorder?

A substance use disorder can occur when a substance is continually used and that continuous use causes significant clinical and functional impairments like health issues, disability, or failing to meet your normal responsibilities.

There are a number of different types of substance use disorders including:

  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Cannabis Use Disorder
  • Hallucinogen Use Disorder

For more information on these disorders, please visit: Signs and Symptoms of a Substance Use Disorder. It is important to be able to identify the signs and symptoms if suspect you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder. Watch for:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Lack of energy or low motivation 
  • Change in personality
  • Lack of concentration and attention to detail
  • Anti-social behavior
  • Carelessness
  • Disregard for safety

The inability to properly function without the substance after it is no longer medically necessary.