What is problematic substance use?
Problematic substance use is the overuse of mind-affecting substances. These include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, both prescription based and illegal drugs. Ongoing use of substances such as these cause damage to the brain and other organs of the body, and are the primary cause of mental illness.
To enjoy an alcoholic drink now and again is fine but when it becomes a regular need, this need can grow into a dependency. People can develop problematic substance use without noticing because substances such as alcohol have the effect of numbing emotions.
If you’re experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, they can cause emotional pain. Substances such as alcohol will eliminate the pain for a while but not permanently. The substance leaves the body and so you keep reaching for it again and again to mask the pain. You end up in a perpetual self-destructive loop and the longer you allow it, the more work you must to do to break it.
This merry-go-round doesn’t stop until you decide you want to stop it. And we’re here to help you. All you need to start is to be willing.