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Substance use Disorder

Substance use Disorder

Substance use disorder occurs when a person needs alcohol or another substance (drug) to function normally. Abruptly stopping the substance leads to withdrawal symptoms.


Addiction means that a person has a strong urge to use the substance and cannot stop, even if they want to. Tolerance to a substance (needing a higher dose to get the same effect) is usually part of addiction.


This disorder is also called substance abuse.


Symptoms of Substance abuse may include behavioural changes like : 



  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
  • Using substances in physically hazardous situations such as while driving or operating a machine
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors to procure substance
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
  • Lacking of motivation
  • Appearing fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason



If your freind or relative is having 2 or more of these problems related to alcohol or other substance abuse like cannabis(ganja,marijuana etc), nicotine,opiates etc please bring him to VIMHANS hospital for a check up following which he will undergo rehabilitation and deaddiction at Shantivan if required.