A question asked often of A Center For Recovery is: what is the difference between substance abuse and addiction? Any drug or substance can be abused. Substance abuse is an unhealthy or self-harming use of a substance(s). You can abuse cocaine or alcohol without having a dependency and/or addiction. This is not the “norm”, however, as most people who are substance abusers are, or eventually become, addicts as their bodies become dependent upon the substance.
Substance abuse is typically associated with self-harming behavior such as driving under the influence, sexual promiscuity, and/or physical altercations while under the influence of a substance.
It is difficult for families to understand the substance abuser, particularly when they are not an addict. Sporadic bouts of drinking or ingestion of club drugs with negative consequences is indicative of a problem with these substances, but the user can easily put the substance down until their next periodic episode.
Because of the consequences that arise with substance abuse, consequences such as automobile deaths (your loved one or another person), STDs, pregnancy, etc. Family members often wish to see their loved one seek treatment for substance abuse. A Center For Recovery would like to provide information on:
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Substance Abuse Rehab
- Substance Abuse Counseling
There are treatment programs (many of which are outpatient programs) that deal specifically with substance abuse. If you are beginning to understand that you have an unhealthy relationship with drugs or alcohol, call us today. If your loved one needs help to combat issues of substance abuse we can help. Our counselors don’t just work with addicts and substance users. We routinely provide information for their families.
If you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse A Center For Recovery wants to help. We promise to work with you or your loved one’s addiction issues and in order to find a successful substance abuse treatment program for their individual situation.
A Center For Recovery can be an invaluable resource for friends and family looking for answers and advice on substance abuse, drug and alcohol treatment programs and addiction treatment centers by state: Call us on (800) 444-1014.