In July’s first blog, we discussed some of the basics of addiction. There are two types of addiction: chemical addiction and behavioral addiction. At Monuments, our adolescent young men typically have chemical addiction. So, in this second midsummer blog, let’s get into that form of addiction.
There is some confusion about what constitutes substance misuse, dependency, and addiction. Due to that, it’s often preferable to use the term “substance use disorder” to describe these conditions, breaking them down into mild, moderate, and severe cases.
What are common symptoms of substance use disorder?
- Craving intense enough to affect your ability to think about other things
- A need to use more of the substance to experience the same effects
- Unease or discomfort if you can’t easily access the substance
- Risky substance use, such as driving or working while using it
- Trouble managing work, school, or household responsibilities due to substance use
- Friendship or relationship difficulties related to substance use
- Spending less time on activities you formerly enjoyed
- An inability to stop using the substance
- Withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit
What are the most common addictive substances?
- Opioids, including both prescription pain medications like oxycodone and morphine, along with heroin
Quitting or learning to control substance use alone is very difficult. Most people can’t succeed without the support provided by a trained professional. That’s what we do at Monuments. Our residential treatments help our adolescent patients quit and stay sober. If you have a young man who may be exhibiting some of the symptoms above, please call us at Monuments, (800) 559-1980, and let’s talk about what’s going on.