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Substance Use Disorder

What is Substance Use Disorder?

Substance Use Disorders occur when a pattern of harmful use of any substance causes mental, physical, and emotional problems, creating an inability to perform daily tasks.

What are the signs?

It is easier for someone to recover from a substance use disorder if it is detected and treated early.

Below is a list of possible warning signs for a person who might be engaging in substance abuse or who may be developing substance use disorder.

  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Changes in mood and behavior – withdrawn and/or hostile
  • Secretive behavior
  • Missed school/work or other responsibilities
  • Dropping old group of friends for a new group
  • Physical changes: may include sudden weight loss/gain, frequent nosebleeds, bloodshot or watery eyes, or shakes and tremors
  • Paranoia, irritability, anxiety, fidgeting
  • Being extremely tired or extremely hyperactive
  • Losing interest in once pleasurable activities

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Contact us to learn more or make an appointment. We may refer you to an educational group, a support group or one of our external partners.

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“You are not defined by your challenges, you’re defined by your courage to face them.”

Ramona Winner
MWC Family Advocate of 12 years