Clarity Mental Health
If you think substance abuse or addiction is starting to affect your daily activities and quality of life, the first place to start is by talking to one of our caring and highly trained addiction specialists.
Substance abuse occurs when someone has difficulty controlling the impulses to use a specific substance, such as drugs (prescription, non-prescription or illegal) and alcohol. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines substance use disorder as a brain disease characterized by repeated substance use despite negative effects. The compulsion to use these substances becomes so overwhelming that it begins to interfere with daily activities, life responsibilities, relationships, and overall health.
The negative effects of substance abuse spread wide through families and communities. Substance abuse is directly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in the United States. Sadly, many of the deaths have involved innocent bystanders, family members and friends. It is a significant public health concern is associated with higher rates of domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, familial stress, poor job performance, and the spread of communicable diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV.
It is estimated that genetics increase an individual’s chances of developing a substance abuse disorder by upwards of 40-60%. Certain risk factors can also increase the chances of substance abuse. These include but are not limited to: physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, trauma, seeing substance abuse in peers or family, mental health disorders, anxiety, depression, and adolescence.
If you or someone close to you are ready to talk about a substance abuse or addiction issue, we are here to help. Call Clarity Mental Health in Castle Rock or Pueblo to learn more or schedule an in-office or telehealth appointment online today.