A substance use disorder is a complex and challenging problem people all over the world face. It affects both men and women, but the cause often differs between the two. These differences make gender-specific rehab crucial to overcoming addiction. Follows are the most important aspects people should know about substance use.

A woman struggles with a substance use disorderWhat Is a Substance Use Disorder?

A substance use disorder (SUD) is a pattern of drug use. However, the pattern is so significant, it has a negative impact on an individual’s daily life.

Sometimes experts refer to SUD as substance abuse, drug dependence, or drug abuse. The health industry prefers the term SUD because it has a less negative connotation overall.

It’s important to understand, SUD is a brain disorder rather than a lifestyle choice. For example, there are clear differences between the brains of people who do and don’t have an SUD. Since the disorder is a mental disease, people with an SUD are more likely to develop other mental issues. Likewise, having a mental disorder puts them at a higher risk for developing an SUD.

Signs of an SUD

Before you get help for a substance use disorder, you need to acknowledge that you have one. It’s also important to look for signs of an SUD in loved ones. Sometimes those with an SUD simply refuse to see the signs in themselves, such as:

• Problems at work or school
• Changes in spending habits
• Missing money or stolen items
• Hanging out with different friend groups
• Poor personal hygiene
• Improper use of medication or over the counter drug abuse

It’s important to get help immediately when someone you know shows signs of an SUD. The sooner you get help, the easier it is for your loved one to overcome the disorder. However, addiction treatment is always more effective when they want help. Therefore, an intervention is a great way to warm them up to the idea.

Are Certain People More at Risk of Developing an SUD?

Overall, certain people have a higher chance of developing an SUD. For instance, those who come from families with histories of drug problems are more at risk. As a child, seeing substance abuse within the home often leads to engaging in the same behavior as an adult.

Additionally, some experts believe genetics play a role in SUD development. Certain genetic components make individuals more likely to use. Even with genetics at play, they have to try a substance before developing a problem.

The friends and family members you’re around most play a role in SUD development as well. For example, those who surround themselves with friends who frequently use are more likely to do drugs themselves. The same goes for family members who use drugs. In the end, friends and family have a significant impact on drug use development.

Lastly, behavioral health disorders put people at risk as well. ADHD and anxiety, for instance, make drug abuse more likely. Treating these underlying disorders makes it less likely for people to develop an SUD.

Let Soledad House Help You Overcome Your SUD

At Soledad House, we help women overcome addiction and substance abuse. We focus completely on women’s needs, making our programs extremely effective. In addition, we offer help for a wide range of substance use disorders. With a focus on both evidence-based treatments and spirituality in recovery, you’ll heal in a comfortable, rejuvenating atmosphere. We know that a rehab center is only as good as the programs that they offer. This is why we strive to provide a variety of programs, including:

Aftercare Program
Sober living Program
Intensive Outpatient Program
Exercise Therapy

Learn what it takes to overcome an SUD at Soledad House. Find out how gender-specific rehab can help you overcome addiction quicker. Reach out to our friendly staff at 866-314-3222 to begin your renewing journey today.