Substance Use Disorders (SUD) 

Substance use disorders can refer to substance use or substance dependence. Symptoms of substance use disorders may include:

  • Behavioral changes, such as

    • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school

    • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)

    • Using substances in physically hazardous situations such as while driving or operating a machine

    • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors

    • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns

    • Unexplained change in personality or attitude

    • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts

    • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness

    • Lacking of motivation

    • Appearing fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason

  • Physical changes, such as:

    • Bloodshot eyes and abnormally sized pupils

    • Sudden weight loss or weight gain

    • Deterioration of physical appearance

    • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing

    • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination

  • Social changes, such as:

    • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies

    • Legal problems related to substance use

    • Unexplained need for money or financial problems

    • Using substances even though it causes problems in relationships

Reference: MentalHealth.Gov

Online Resources - Screenings

SUD Recovery Resources

National and Local Resource Guide for SUD Recovery


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