What are Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders?

Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders refer to a group of mental health conditions characterized by a person’s continued use of drugs or alcohol despite experiencing negative consequences and a loss of control over their use.

These disorders include:

Substance Use Disorder: A pattern of using alcohol or drugs that leads to significant impairment or distress, such as inability to meet responsibilities at work, school or home, or experiencing legal problems.

Alcohol Use Disorder: A specific type of Substance Use Disorder, which is characterized by the excessive and compulsive use of alcohol, leading to negative consequences.

Nicotine Use Disorder: A type of Substance Use Disorder characterized by the continued use of nicotine, such as smoking, chewing tobacco, or using e-cigarettes, despite negative consequences.

Gambling Disorder: A behavioral addiction that involves repeated and compulsive gambling despite negative consequences, such as financial problems, relationship issues, or legal troubles.

Other Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: This category includes disorders related to the use of other substances, such as opioids, cocaine, amphetamines, and cannabis.

Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders can have severe consequences for a person’s physical, mental, and social well-being, and often require professional treatment and support for recovery.

Shervan K Shahhian

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