Substance abuse is the frequent misuse of alcohol or drugs. When use of substances has interfered with work or interpersonal relationships, and interest is waning in other activities, it could be symptomatic of substance abuse.

Common Symptoms of Substance Abuse

• using substance seems to be a top priority
• increased tolerance to substance
• inability to stop using
• withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking or sweating
• agitation at others’ criticism of using


Peer pressure and genetics could both contribute to abuse. Those dealing with depression or anxiety may use drugs to mitigate their mental state, unknowingly developing alcoholic tendencies. Abuse may lead to tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal, furthering a reliance on the substance.


Treatment for substance abuse can include medical tapering off of a substance, but also therapy can be incredibly effective to help in mastering coping skills and getting to the core of the tendency to use. A therapist can help clients develop necessary skills to deter the compulsion to use. Working with a therapist to treat substance abuse provides encouragement to maintain sobriety.

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Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists furnish a supportive environment, allowing clients to reach a healthier lifestyle and support prolonged sobriety.

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