Adult substance use
Substance use disorders are treatable; however, many people do not seek help. It is a complex brain disorder causing continuous cravings for the drug despite very negative consequences. Treatment can help people stop using, avoid relapse, recover their lives and connect with a support system and recovery program for a stable recovery.
Know the signs of addiction
- Continued use of substances regardless of serious consequences such as family and relationship conflicts, legal issues and health problems
- Increased tolerance of the drug or alcohol
- Increased time spent using and thinking about alcohol/drugs
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Having a psychiatric disorder increases the risk of having a substance abuse problem; this is called a co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder
Frequently used substances
- Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that affects every organ in the drinker’s body. Intoxication and extended use can impair brain function and motor skills. Extended use causes physical, emotional and spiritual damage.
- Marijuana is a mind-altering drug that changes the way the brain works. Short-term effects include euphoria, distorted perceptions and short-term memory problems. Long-term effects include lack of motivation, social isolation and psychological dependence.
- Prescription pain medications and anti-anxiety medications can produce physical dependence. If used improperly, painkillers like Hydrocodone and Oxycontin can affect the area of the brain that controls respiration, leading to death. Anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium can be deadly when used with alcohol. In fact, the number of Kentuckians who have died from prescription overdose has doubled in just the past 10 years.
People can and do recover from substance use disorders
Admitting that alcohol/drug use is a problem takes tremendous courage, but it is the key first step and recovery is possible. UofL Health – Peace Hospital has treated adults with substance use disorders for over 50 years. We provide inpatient and outpatient treatment and six months of free aftercare services. 12-Step recovery meetings are available on site.
We’re here to help
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of substance abuse, please contact Peace Hospital for a no charge assessment and assistance with treatment options.