Decoding The Physical and Psychological Effects of Substance Use Disorders
What is Substance Use Disorder?
What Constitutes an SUD?
- A craving or strong urge to use the substance
- Desire or failed attempts to cut down or control substance use
- Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from substance use
- Using more of the substance than was intended
- Substance use causes failure to complete major tasks at work, school, or home
- Social or leisure activities are given up or cut back because of substance use
- The substance is used in risky settings such as driving under the influence
- Continued use despite knowing the substance is causing problems
- Needing more of the substance to achieve the same effect (tolerance)
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping or cutting back on the substance
What are the Cognitive Effects of Substance Use Disorders?
The Effects of Substance Use Disorders on Physical Health
An Overview of the Effects of Substance Use Disorders on Organ Systems
- Chronic bronchitis
- Lung cancer
- Worsen asthma symptoms
- Smoking opioids can make it harder to breathe and increase the chance of pneumonia and respiratory failure.
Effects of Substance Use Disorders on Metabolism
Effects on Immune System
What are the Economic and Societal Effects of Substance Use Disorders?
- Increased absenteeism
- Lost productivity
- Higher rates of accidents and injuries at work
- Greater turnover
Societal Effects of Substance Use Disorders
- Housing support
- Unemployment benefits
- Child protective services
Implications of Substance Use Disorders on Relationships
The Effects of Substance Use Disorders on Children in a Family System
The Effects of Substance Use Disorders on Adults in a Family System
The Effects of Substance Use Disorders and Public Health Crises
Intersection with the Opioid Epidemic
- Improving prescription practices to prevent misuse
- Expanding access to treatment for opioid addiction through approaches like medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Implementing harm reduction strategies including the distribution of naloxone to reverse overdoses
- Heightening public education about the risks associated with opioid use
Effects of Substance Use Disorders with Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Needle exchange programs
- Safe injection facilities
- Integrated treatment programs that address both SUDs and infectious diseases
How Do Substance Use Disorders Influence the Risk of Traumatic Injuries and Accidents?
What Preventative Measures Are Taken?
The Effects of Substance Use Disorders on Comorbid Mental Health Conditions
The Effects of Mental Health on Substance Use Disorders
Mental health conditions can worsen the symptoms and severity of an SUD. For example, individuals with depression or anxiety might use substances as self-medication. This can lead to increased dependency and worsening mental health symptoms.
At the same time, substance use can increase the symptoms of mental health disorders, creating a challenging cycle.
Diagnosing and Treating These Disorders
The Effects of Substance Use Disorders on The Criminal Justice System
The Criminal Justice System’s Approach to Substance Use
Addressing Problematic Substance Use with Mental Health Care
- Job training
- Housing support
What Treatment Options Are Available?
- The individual’s specific needs
- The substances used
- The severity of the disorder
Detox programs focus on safely removing the substance from the body. Detox often occurs under medical supervision. For many people, especially those using substances like opioids or alcohol, this is the first step in treatment.
Medical supervision is important to manage withdrawal symptoms and prevent complications.
Inpatient Rehab Programs
Residential programs provide intensive treatment in a structured environment. Individuals stay at the facility for a period of time. This period is often between 30 to 90 days. During treatment, they get individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. They also get medical care and medication.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
- Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP): A PHP is more intensive than traditional outpatient programs. These programs often involve treatment for up to 9 hours each day, 5 to 7 days a week. They can be used instead of inpatient treatment or as an option for people who need more support than regular outpatient care.
- Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP): An IOP offers a more intensive treatment experience than standard outpatient care but is less intense than PHP. Treatment is often between 3 to 5 hours per day for up to 5 days a week.
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Continuum Outpatient Center is a premier outpatient program in San Antonio, Texas. We offer IOP and PHP for substance use and mental health disorders. To ensure accessibility is not a barrier to receiving necessary treatment, we offer both in-person and telehealth services.
Our program helps people overcome past traumas, heal relationships, and learn skills to prevent relapse. We help people create a personalized program that addresses their whole self and substance use problems.
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