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Substance Use Disorders

What is a substance use disorder?

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder.  https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disorders

Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives.  https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction

How Can EAP Help?

NS offers confidential substance use rehabilitation services for employees and qualified family members suffering from substance use disorders. NS wants everyone to work and live in a safe drug and alcohol free environment. Call us at 844-215-4188 with questions or to learn more – we are here to help!

Learn more about normal drinking limits for men/women

How much alcohol is considered a “drink” and is the amount you consume too much? https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/

Check yourself – where does your drinking pattern place you on the risk scale? https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/How-much-is-too-much/Is-your-drinking-pattern-risky/Whats-Your-Pattern.aspx