An addict is an individual who has a pattern of behaviour which, if repeated or continued, may result in their own death or other harm to themselves or others.
It is not uncommon for people to become addicted to alcohol or drugs.
People who are addicted to these substances often seek out places where they can obtain more of them and become more confident in their use of the drugs.
A number of factors influence the likelihood that a person will seek out a substance-use disorder.
They may be young, have no previous criminal history, have not committed any crimes in the past, or have not had any problems with the law.
A person with a substance abuse problem may also be more likely to seek help if they have been living with or dependent on substance use disorder in the previous year.
They are also more likely than other people to need support, including medical, social or housing assistance.
They will also need to be supervised by someone other than their own partner or partner’s family member.
Substance use disorder can be a very distressing and challenging experience for a person with substance use disorders.
They feel isolated and ashamed.
They have difficulty sleeping and their eating habits are inconsistent.
They find it hard to maintain relationships with friends, family and work colleagues.
They experience social isolation and depression.
The symptoms can last for years.
They also have difficulty with thinking clearly, communicating, and maintaining self-control.
Many people with substance abuse problems are unable to access the treatment they need.
It may be difficult to identify those people who need help.
People with substance-related problems are at higher risk of dying, as their deaths are often caused by the overdose of drugs or alcohol.
A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that Australians aged 25-64 are three times more likely as people aged 65 and over to die from an overdose of a substance.
Some of these deaths are caused by overdoses of opioids such as heroin or cocaine.
There is a significant difference in the death rates between people who have a substance use problem and people who do not.
It means people who are able to access treatment for a substance can die earlier and may not require a coroner to determine the cause of death.
The main symptoms of a person who has substance use problems are depression, irritability, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, mood swings and feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness.
Some people may experience anxiety, panic attacks, or suicidal thoughts.
They can also experience anxiety and panic attacks and suicidal thoughts when they use substances such as alcohol or tobacco.
These can be associated with substance misuse.
A substance abuse disorder may also cause significant mental health problems.
These include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance dependence, alcohol or drug use disorders, and psychosis.
The diagnosis of substance use is complex and is not always straightforward.
Some treatments are more effective for people who can access treatment, but others may not be suitable.
Treatment for a Substance Use Disorder can vary according to the underlying cause of the problem.
This is important to understand if you are thinking about seeking help.
Some medications are prescribed for the treatment of an addiction to drugs or to other substances.
Other treatments may include therapy, psychotherapy, medication, counselling, or other supportive and educational interventions.
A Substance Use Treatment Centre can provide individualised, evidence-based treatments for people with a drug or alcohol addiction, and supports people to develop recovery plans and self-management skills.