People may use substances for a variety of different reasons – to socialise, relax or cope with problems. However, the prolonged or frequent use of substances can be extremely harmful.
Substance Abuse refers to the excessive or compulsive intake of psychoactive or neurochemical substances. This can include substances such as illicit drugs, alcohol, prescription medication and nicotine. Typical characteristics of substance abuse arise when the desire to take the substance grows and controlling the use becomes more difficult. Fighting the urge to take the substance may seem impossible, even when one knows they are harming themselves.
Prolonged substance use can lead to an increased tolerance, meaning larger amounts are needed to feel the same effects. Withdrawals may also be experienced, making it extremely difficult to gain control.
As is the case with many addictive patterns of behaviour, substance abuse can be harmful to one’s physical health and mental wellbeing. There may be disruption to day to day life, impacting relationships, social activities and hobbies, work, and one’s financial situation.
With the help of therapy and counselling, substance abuse can be managed and treated by addressing the underlying factors and problematic outcomes associated with the substance abuse. Our psychologists work effectively with individuals to allow them to gain back control, developing skills and strategies to manage and minimise harmful behaviours.
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