Substance Abuse Symptoms
The physical and psychological effects of substance use and dependence vary depending on the substance involved and the amount used. However, the general effects of abuse or addiction can be quite devastating.
Signs of Substance Abuse
- The recurrent use of the drug that results in missing important obligations at home, work and/or school
- The recurrent use of the drug in situations that can be dangerous
- Legal problems as a result of drug use
- Continued use of the substance despite its negative impact on relationships, work, school, etc
Causes of Substance Abuse
There is no one cause of substance abuse and dependence. However, like many other mental health issues, there are often a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors that increase the risk or likelihood of someone developing a substance use or dependence disorder.
Substance Abuse Commonality
Substance abuse and addiction are very common, impacting approximately 7% of people at some point in their lives. More than 2.6% of people suffer from drug addiction at some time in their life.
Expert Diagnosis From Substance Abuse Counselor
In order to diagnose a substance use or dependence disorder, Equilibria’s substance abuse counselors in Philadelphia will perform a comprehensive evaluation of medical, family, mental health, drug use, work, and school-related history. In asking questions about mental health symptoms, psychologists are often exploring if the individual suffers from depression, manic symptoms, anxiety, hallucinations, or delusions, as well as some behavioral disorders.
Sometimes tests are used to screen for substance use or dependence. Since some of the symptoms of drug misuse and dependence can also occur in other mental illnesses, the mental health screening is to determine if the individual suffers from another mental health issue that will need to be addressed. This is either done throughout the therapy process or through a more formal psychological evaluation.