Substance Use Disorders

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) — previously called substance abuse and/or addiction — occurs when alcohol or drug use contributes to health issues or interferes with work, school or home life. Substance misuse is associated with long-term health consequences, increased risk of suicide and fatal overdoses.

Signs and Symptoms

Here are some common signs of Substance Use Disorders that may require support and treatment. Remember, the earlier you’re diagnosed and start treatment, the sooner you can start feeling better and get back to your life.

  • Changes in Behavior

    Changes in eating or sleeping patterns. Not enjoying activities that were once pleasurable.

  • Relationship Issues

    Withdrawal from family and friends. Borrowing or stealing money to obtain substances.

  • Risky Behaviors

    Unsafe sexual activity. Driving under the influence. Risky behavior that could also harm others.

  • Tolerance

    Needing more of the substance for the desired effect. Withdrawal symptoms when it’s not used.

  • School/Work Issues

    Decreased performance, increases in conflict or calling in sick/not showing up more than usual.

  • Money/Legal Issues

    Going into debt/missing payments. Getting into trouble with the law or not resolving legal issues.

  • Feeling Hopeless

    Thinking about, planning or attempting suicide.

Get Support

These resources can help you find professional support online, on the phone or in person. And if you or a friend are having thoughts of suicide, reach out immediately for a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor anytime.

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Resource Type Contact
SAMHSA’s Helpine Call Line Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Crisis Text Line Text Line Text ACTION to 741741
Lifeline Call Line 988
Trans Lifeline Call Line (877) 565-8860
The Trevor Project Website Visit website
ADAA Therapist Search Website Visit website
BetterHelp Website Visit website
Talkspace Website Visit website