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Having substance use disorder means that a person's repeated drug or alcohol use may interfere with the ability to be productive. Alcohol or drug use may interfere with relationships and everyday activities, such as work or school.
When a person has substance use disorder, the condition can affect others such as friends and family members. Friends and family can help by offering support and understanding.
Substance use disorder can cause problems with mental and physical health. It can affect a person's ability to have healthy relationships and to meet responsibilities at home and at work or school. It can also lead to addiction.
Alcohol, tobacco, legal or illegal drugs, and prescription medicines are examples of commonly misused substances.
A responsible adult may need to stay with the person for some time after treatment to help with staying on track for recovery. This person can also watch for symptoms that are getting worse.
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This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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