Substance Use Disorders

Learn more about some of the most common substance use disorders (classed as mild, moderate, or severe), such as those relating to the use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis (marijuana), stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids below.

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Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

17 million people suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Binge Drinking occurs when more than 5 alcoholic drinks are consumed within 1 day within the previous 30 days. Heavy Drinking, the more severe form of AUD, occurs when 5 or more drinks are consumed for at least 5 days within the last 30 days. If you have trouble controlling your alcohol intake, continue using despite alcohol negatively affecting your life, develop a tolerance, or have withdrawal symptoms, you may be suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder.
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Tobacco Use Disorder

Tobacco Use Disorder affects nearly 77 million Americans. Almost 500,000 deaths occur each year from cigarette smoking. Tobacco use damages every organ in the body, and can result in cancer, stroke, respiratory disorders, and heart disease.
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Cannabis Use Disorder

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is the most commonly used drug after tobacco and alcohol in the United States. Over 4 million Americans meet the requirements for a marijuana substance use disorder. Patients can experience respiratory infection, exposure to carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds), and memory impairment. Use of marijuana also increases the risk for mental illness and poor cognitive functioning.
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Opioid Use Disorder

Nearly 3 million Americans suffer from opioid dependence and addiction related to prescription pain killers and heroin. While opioids can reduce pain, they also come with a variety of other side effects and can depress the nervous system to the point of respiratory failure and overdose. Opioid Use Disorder symptoms include inability to control or reduce use, tolerance development, and withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and insomnia.
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Stimulant Use Disorder

Over 2 million people have a Stimulant Use Disorder due to amphetamines, methamphetamines, and/or cocaine, with use occurring within the past month. Fatigue, nightmares, increased appetite, and movement issues can all occur during withdrawal from stimulants.
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Hallucinogen Use Disorder

Hallucinogens, such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, also referred to as “acid”), psilocybin mushrooms, and peyote, can produce both visual and auditory hallucinations. In addition, detachment of one’s environment and self, or time distortions may also occur. Approximately 250,000 Americans suffer from a Hallucinogen Use Disorder, with some using in risky situations, developing a tolerance, and failing to control use.
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Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

17 million people suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Binge Drinking occurs when more than 5 alcoholic drinks are consumed within 1 day within the previous 30 days. Heavy Drinking, the more severe form of AUD, occurs when 5 or more drinks are consumed for at least 5 days within the last 30 days. If you have trouble controlling your alcohol intake, continue using despite alcohol negatively affecting your life, develop a tolerance, or have withdrawal symptoms, you may be suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder.
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Tobacco Use Disorder

Tobacco Use Disorder affects nearly 77 million Americans. Almost 500,000 deaths occur each year from cigarette smoking. Tobacco use damages every organ in the body, and can result in cancer, stroke, respiratory disorders, and heart disease.
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Cannabis Use Disorder

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is the most commonly used drug after tobacco and alcohol in the United States. Over 4 million Americans meet the requirements for a marijuana substance use disorder. Patients can experience respiratory infection, exposure to carcinogens (cancer-causing compounds), and memory impairment. Use of marijuana also increases the risk for mental illness and poor cognitive functioning.
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Opioid Use Disorder

Nearly 3 million Americans suffer from opioid dependence and addiction related to prescription pain killers and heroin. While opioids can reduce pain, they also come with a variety of other side effects and can depress the nervous system to the point of respiratory failure and overdose. Opioid Use Disorder symptoms include inability to control or reduce use, tolerance development, and withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and insomnia.
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Stimulant Use Disorder

Over 2 million people have a Stimulant Use Disorder due to amphetamines, methamphetamines, and/or cocaine, with use occurring within the past month. Fatigue, nightmares, increased appetite, and movement issues can all occur during withdrawal from stimulants.
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Hallucinogen Use Disorder

Hallucinogens, such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, also referred to as “acid”), psilocybin mushrooms, and peyote, can produce both visual and auditory hallucinations. In addition, detachment of one’s environment and self, or time distortions may also occur. Approximately 250,000 Americans suffer from a Hallucinogen Use Disorder, with some using in risky situations, developing a tolerance, and failing to control use.

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