Substance abuse is defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance. This may be to just feel good, to feel better or relieve stress, or to improve performance. “Substances” can include alcohol or drugs (illegal or not) as well as prescription drugs, synthetics, inhalants, and nicotine.
If you are using legal or illegal drugs or alcohol in a manner that is not intended or recommended then you may have a substance abuse problem. Reach out for help, either to us or someone you trust.
Addiction is a more complex condition. It is a brain disease that includes compulsive use despite its negative effects. People with an addiction are usually so focused on having alcohol or drugs that it overtakes their life. If you think you or a loved one may have a substance addiction help is available. Don’t wait for the inevitable.
Keep in mind that should you have a substance abuse problem, you are not alone, however, the vast majority of people do not reach out for help until it’s too late. Don’t be one of those people. If you’re reading this then you have taken the first step. Don’t stop. The staff at Lifeologie Counseling San Antonio is trained in many different approaches to overcoming substance abuse and addiction. Contact us. We are here to help you recover from addiction and lead a normal, productive life.