Substance use disorder

When someone uses alcohol or drugs persistently and it affects their ability to function in their daily lives, they have a substance use disorder / This could lead to health problems and a failure to meet important responsibilities at work, school or at home / Symptoms include: the urge to use the substance regularly wich dominates all other thoughts, needing more of the substance over time to get the same effect spending money on the substance when it is unaffordable to do so, resorting to crime (e.g. stealing ) to get money for buying the substance, neglecting work, social or recreational commitments and responsibilities, continuing using the substance despite it causing physical or psychological harm, risky behaviours when under the influence of the substance (e.g. driving), spending large amounts of time getting, using and recovering from the substance and not trying to stop, experiencing withdrawal symptoms, neglecting personal hygiene, lacking energy and experiencing weight loss or gain, frequently using more of the substance than you intend to / Types of substance used include alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, perscription medications or illicit drugs such as heroin / People often use substances to combat the negative effects of mental illness, but this makes things worse.