Substance abuse is a broad term that can describe a wide range of dangerous and harmful behaviors involving both legal and illegal substances. Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription medications are among the most commonly abused substances in the United States, while the abuse of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs remains problematic in communities throughout the nation.
Depending upon the specific substance being abused, the amount and frequency of that abuse, and certain other factors, individuals who engage in substance abuse are at risk for myriad negative outcomes, including significant physical and psychological damage and the development of a substance use disorder.
Commonly referred to as addiction or chemical dependency, substance use disorders are characterized by a variety of unpleasant symptoms that include prioritizing substance abuse over important issues such as relationships, career, and academic progress, continuing to abuse substances even after experiencing negative repercussions, and experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop or limit one’s substance abuse.
People suffering from alcohol and drug abuse can have problems with money, relationships or even their health. Their addiction not only hurts them, but hurts their family and loved ones as well. Continuum Integrated has several programs available to help people get on the road to recovery.
Our goal is for all our patients to find the support and help needed through our continuum of care to improve their health and wellness, and strive to reach their full potential.