Substance Abuse

Thursday, April 18, 2013

People use substances such as alcohol and other drugs because they like the way these substances make them feel. But theres a fine line between substance use and substance abuse. Dr. Edward Hill discusses substance abuse in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You have control over your choice to start using drugs, but once you start, their pleasurable effect makes you want to keep using them. When you become addicted to alcohol or other drugs, your brain actually changes in certain ways so that a powerful urge to use drugs controls your behavior.

People can become addicted to illegal drugs and to drugs that doctors prescribe. People can also become addicted to things they may not think of as drugs, such as alcohol and the nicotine in cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.

You have a problem with drugs or alcohol if you continue to use them even when they cause problems with your health, money, work or school, or relationships. You may have a problem if you have developed a tolerance to drugs or alcohol. This means you need to use more and more to get the same effect.

Treatment for substance abuse can include counseling, medication or both. Your doctor will help you find the treatment that is right for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.