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Having substance use disorder means that a person's repeated drug or alcohol use interferes with his or her 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 disorder, his or her condition can affect others around him or her, 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.
A responsible adult may need to stay with your loved one for some time after treatment. This person can help your loved one stay on track with recovery and can 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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