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Substance Use Disorder

Formerly referred to as “Drug Addiction,” the condition we now refer to as Substance Use Disorder is still a highly stigmatized and misunderstood disease in mainstream culture. There has been a shift in the language surrounding addiction in an effort to change the societal perception of this disease.  At AGI, we know how important it is that Substance Use Disorder is understood as an illness. 

The NIH defines Substance Use Disorder as “a mental disorder that affects a person's brain and behavior, leading to their inability to control their use of substances like legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or medications.” 

While the physical manifestations of addiction may be more obvious, other behavioral issues that can serve as warning signs include:

  • Financial difficulties
  • Difficulty with employment or school performance
  • Legal troubles
  • Trouble with relationships
  • Loss or lack of interest in activities or hobbies 
  • Sudden death

*Information contained on this site is intended as a general overview and is NOT to be used as medical advice. Always consult with your physician for medical guidance about symptoms and diagnoses.*

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