Substance Use Disorder

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woman with hands on head and wine bottles, substance use disorderMedical professionals now use the term substance use disorder to describe a person who struggles with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The medical community has come a long way in recognizing that addiction is a mental health disorder, not merely a string of bad choices. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder, there is hope. At Promises Five Palms, our caring staff can help you or your loved one get back on your feet. Let’s take a look at the hallmark signs of substance use disorder, and what treatment may entail.

What Is Substance Use Disorder?

Substance use disorder is a disease. A person who has substance use disorder is unable to control their impulses to use drugs and/ or alcohol. While the person who has substance use disorder may have made the initial choice to try drugs and/ or alcohol, they are no longer in control of whether or not they use once the disease takes hold. Science is still learning about why some people develop it, and others do not. Some researchers speculate that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may play a role.

While substance use disorder can be devastating, it’s also highly treatable. Let’s take a look at some of the signs of substance use disorder so that you can recognize if you or a loved one need help from a professional treatment center.

Signs Of Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder presents differently from person to person. Some people may show many symptoms, while others may only show a few signs. A person’s biochemistry and environmental factors can contribute to the presenting factors of their disease. Common substance use disorder symptoms include:

  • Feeling the urge or need to use the substance daily, or several times a day
  • Difficulty focusing on thoughts that do not revolve around substance use
  • Using the drug even though it’s causing physical or emotional harm
  • Failed attempts to stop using
  • Diminishing performance at work or school

If you or a loved one are showing signs of substance use disorder, help is available. It can be hard to admit that things have gotten out of control, but doing so is the first step to getting your life back.


When you enter treatment at Promises Five Palms, you’ll work with a counselor who will develop a treatment plan for you. Most of our clients find that they have success when they utilize several modalities of therapy, allowing them to attack their substance use disorder from several different angles. Some of the treatment modalities we offer include:

Your treatment plan may consist of the above therapies and other types of treatment. As you progress to recovery, we’ll work with you to ensure that your treatment plan continues to meet your needs.

Ready To Get Help? Call Promises Five Palms.

If you think you may be struggling with substance use disorder, you’re not alone. Addiction is common and highly treatable. At Promises Five Palms, we understand the complicated web woven between mental health and addiction, and we know how to help. Call us today at 1.844.675.1022 to talk with a caring member of our admissions staff about how we can help you get back on your feet. No matter how far gone you may feel, we believe that there is hope for recovery. You deserve to live a happy, healthy, sober life. Don’t live one more day in the throes of addiction – pick up the phone and make the call.

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