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If you’re unsure if you’re suffering from the following disorders, check out our FAQs below.

What's the difference between substance use and substance dependence?
Substance use may lead to dependency, which is a physiological problem because the substance use has changed the way the brain works and limits its ability to function. A person with substance dependence has built up a tolerance to alcohol, drugs or some other substance and needs to increase the amount he/she is taking to achieve the “desired” intoxication.

A person with substance dependence:
  • Is unable to think clearly
  • Has impaired judgment
  • Has difficulty learning
  • Is unable to control his/her behavior
The symptoms of substance dependence often mirror those of mental health problems.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs?
If a person is compulsively seeking and using drugs despite negative consequences, such as loss of job, debt, family problems, or physical problems brought on by drug abuse, then he or she probably is addicted. And while people who are addicted may believe they can stop any time, most often they cannot, and will need professional help.
What’s the difference between alcohol use and alcohol dependence (alcoholism)?
There is a difference between alcoholism – which is sometimes called alcohol dependence or alcohol use disorder (a medical diagnosis of this disease) – and alcohol use. Alcoholism is the most severe form of problem drinking and involves all the symptoms of alcohol use, but also involves another element: a physical dependence on alcohol.

A person who is abusing alcohol may be able to set some limits for their use of the substance. However, as with any substance use, continued abuse of alcohol can develop into alcoholism. Over time, a person will build up a tolerance to any substance and need more of that substance to reach the same level of intoxication.

The following are symptoms of alcohol dependence:
  • Using alcohol while at work or driving a car
  • Frequent arrests for fights, DUI or domestic abuse
  • Vowing to quit drinking, but can’t
  • Becoming anxious or irritable when not drinking alcohol
  • Not remembering events or frequent blackouts
Can alcoholism be treated?
Yes, with proper treatment and cooperation from the individual, it is possible to stop drinking. Treatment has helped millions of Americans stop drinking. There are a wide range of self-help groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, that are available to help alcoholics, and many other programs that provide help and support for their family and friends who are oftentimes also affected by this disease.
Doesn’t depression just mean you’re sad?
With depression, you experience physical symptoms which last a long time and prevent you from experiencing a normal life. It is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, often interferes with a person’s ability to experience or anticipate pleasure, and significantly interferes with functioning in daily life. Left untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to significant impairment, other health-related issues, and in rare cases, suicide.

What does depression feel like?
Depression can feel different for each person, but typically depression is characterized by the following symptoms:
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Loss of appetite
  • Odd sleeping habits
  • Seesawing body weight
  • Chronic pain
  • Irritability
  • Change in mood
If you are showing any of the warning signs of depression, you need to seek professional help. About 1 in 10 of those who are diagnosed with depression end up taking their own life. Other serious problems, such as substance abuse or the inability to hold a steady job, occur when depression is left untreated.
What is the difference between stress and anxiety?
Stress is caused by external events that make us feel upset, angry, frustrated or nervous. During stressful events, the body experiences an increase in adrenaline, which causes the heart to beat rapidly, muscles to tense, pupils to dilate and blood pressure to rise. Stressful events are subjective and can vary from person to person.

Anxiety is caused by internal thoughts and feelings, known or unknown, that cause a general sense of impending doom, worry and fear. Physical symptoms that accompany anxiety include:
  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Panic attacks
  • Rashes
  • Hot flashes
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Fidgeting
  • Nausea

Common anxiety disorders include general anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

How do you treat anxiety?
When anxiety is left untreated, it can interfere with your daily life and can cause digestive issues, clinical depression, behavioral changes, heart problems and an increased risk for substance abuse. For this reason, it’s important to get the help you need for anxiety. Counseling and, if necessary, medication can help.
How are trauma and PTSD related?
Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event is at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Men who have experienced a traumatic event have a 1 in 10 chance of developing PTSD, and for women, it’s a 1 in 5 chance. Victims of sexual assault and those who have been in combat are at the highest risk, though any traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, injury or terrorist attack, can result in PTSD. This is the case for both first responders and for those who have experienced the event.

Symptoms of PTSD include:
  • Reliving the event through flashbacks or nightmares
  • Avoiding things that make you think of the event
  • Having more negative thoughts and feelings than you did before the event
  • Feeling anxious, jittery or on-edge, also known as hyperarousal

Can PTSD be treated?
PTSD is treatable, and counseling can help. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you’ve experienced a traumatic event. You can seek treatment at any time. Unfortunately, PTSD does not get better in time, and the sooner you get the treatment you need, the sooner you will be able to get your life back.

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