How can you tell if someone is exhibiting signs of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)? Many people aren’t aware that addiction and substance use is a clinically diagnosable disease. However, the criteria may not fit perfectly into an individual’s unique and personal experience. Symptoms vary on a case-by-case basis, and an individual need not experience all symptoms to receive a diagnosis. In fact, the severity of Substance Use Disorder is scaled based on the number of symptoms an individual experiences. Let’s discuss this scale, symptoms, and the contributing factors of this serious disorder.
Relapse has a lot of misconceptions and stigma. The truth is relapse isn’t the end and it isn’t a mark of failure. More importantly, it isn’t set in stone and it’s entirely preventable if you know what to look for. Relapse happens in three stages with clear characteristics and methods of prevention. Let’s discuss them.