Tag Archives: Substance Use Disorder

Tag Archives: Substance Use Disorder

What age is more susceptible to addiction?The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that an estimated 1.3 million adolescents ages 12-17 years old had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2014, with youth transitioning into adulthood having some of the highest rates of alcohol and substance abuse. When we talk about addiction, there’s no doubt that our adolescents are at incredibly high risks – and the more preventative measures we can take, along with recovery interventions to seek out when our teens need it – we’ll hopefully be able to reduce some of these numbers. It’s not just youth that are susceptible to the disease of addiction, however.

Due to America’s drinking culture, adult populations often have difficulty recognizing the difference between recreational use and substance use disorder (SUD). All too often, we’re in denial or we view substance use as a “common” occurrence amongst our social groups, which makes it even more difficult to seek the help we really need. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) does highlight gender differences that occur amongst adults who are susceptible to addiction, and here are some of the facts:

  • Women are just as likely as men to develop a SUD
  • Women are more susceptible to cravings and relapse than men are
  • Men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs
  • Men are more likely to experience emergency room visits and overdose deaths than women when it comes to illicit drug use

A 2014 study published in the journal Clinics in Geriatric Medicine noted that Baby Boomers – who became of age during the 1960s and 1970s – also experience high rates of SUDs and are expected to grow substantially, despite the fact that they’re a highly underestimated population when it comes to suspected addiction rates. As a whole, it seems that there are a number of life stages that bring about heightened risk for addiction – which is why, at any age, we need to surround ourselves with resources and support to protect ourselves from – and increase our chances of recovery from – addiction.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Recognize the early stages of dependencySubstance use disorder (SUD) affects around 20.2 million adults aged 18 or older, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SUDs can greatly affect a person’s ability to perform tasks at work or school, and many people with SUDs go on to experience trouble with the law, difficulties at home and withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit. If you have a loved one who you think may have an SUD, it’s best to recognize the warning signs of dependency, which is often a transition into addiction.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines dependency as this:

“…Dependency develops when the neurons adapt to the repeated drug exposure and only function normally in the presence of the drug.”

The following are some of the major warning signs for dependency:

  • A persistent desire to use
  • Larger amounts of a substance are taken over time, which typically end up being more than the person intended
  • Withdrawal symptoms occur when a person ceases substance use to manage responsibilities
  • Social groups and recreational activities begin to fade away as a person focuses more on the use of substances
  • A person continues using substances despite the problems it is causing them in their life
  • And more

SUDs rarely improve for a person on their own. Treatment is an incredibly important aspect of recovery, and intensive outpatient programs can provide individuals with the tools, resources and support they need to form structure and stability in their daily lives.

If you know of someone who may have developed substance dependency, urge them to seek help right away. The sooner they seek help, the greater the chance they will be able to recover with less pain. If you are currently struggling with substance abuse, get enrolled in Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program. As American novelist Anne Lamott once stated,

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”

Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program in Sumner County Tennessee is designed for people whose needs and schedules vary. A quality intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program will be designed to treat the whole person, not just the addiction. Take the first step by contacting us at 615-356-2700. Recovery is possible, and Hendersonville Treatment can help.

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