If you are like many people who face drug charges, you probably struggle with substance abuse disorder. According to the National Library of Medicine, substance abuse occurs when a person’s drug use interferes with his or her professional and personal life. Often, illicit substances take a toll on the person’s health.
Additionally, you may suffer from poor impulse control which can lead to trouble with the police.
Who develops substance abuse disorder?
Many people who have substance abuse disorder have other mental health conditions. They may struggle with PTSD, depression or ADHD. Additionally, those more likely to use illicit substances have lower self-esteem and a less stable lifestyle or background. If you witnessed your parents using drugs, you have a higher risk of developing substance abuse problems later. This is partially environmental and partially genetic.
What are the stages of substance abuse disorder?
There are various phases of drug use that may eventually lead to addiction. Most people start in an experimental stage. During the experimental phase, you may have turned to drugs because friends or family used or you may have been looking for a way to change how you felt. Many people start experimenting to self-medicate for other mental health issues.
Once you surpass the experimental use, you start using it more regularly. People begin to draw away from their family and friends to stay close to those with the same lifestyle. Following regular use, problem and risky use become the next stage. You may think less about work or school and start ignoring your obligations.
Active addiction is the most dangerous phase. In this phase, you cannot handle your daily life without illicit substances. You may lose control over your personal and financial life.