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Substance use disorder (SUD) is the modern terminology for addiction or substance abuse. SUD is a disease in which a person is powerless to control their use of substances (drugs or alcohol). The substances can include street drugs like heroin, fentanyl, marijuana, and cocaine, as well as prescription drugs and alcohol. The constant substance abuse leads to changes in the brain and behaviors. The persistent use continues regardless of the consequential effects that happen. Typically, these consequences include problems with work, school, relationships, finances, and health.

Substance use disorder also has a negative effect on the community and the entire country. SUD costs the American taxpayer billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and healthcare costs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that substance use disorder costs the United States more than 700 billion dollars annually. At the same time, the NIDA estimates that for each dollar invested in addiction treatment programs delivers a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, court costs, and larceny. However, when cost savings related to healthcare are integrated, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1.

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How Does SUD Happen?

Drug dependency is not something that is scheduled on a calendar. Typically, drug or alcohol use begins in a social setting that can be fueled by peer pressure. And while some people can take it or leave it, there are others that develop a dependence that blooms into substance use disorder. There are also thousands of Americans who get treated with opioid pain medication for an injury and become dependent and later addicted with continued use. This is known as opioid use disorder.

How fast someone develops addiction problems varies. For some, it can occur rapidly, for others only after years of chronic use do they become dependent. This varies with each type of drug as well as an individual hereditary and environment factors. Some of these risk factors include family history of addiction, history of trauma, the presence of co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, or bipolar. The fact is that substance use disorder can happen to anyone, and it can also be treated effectively with addiction treatment. Substance use disorder includes alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or even household cleaning products used as inhalants.

A Full Continuum of Substance Use Disorder Treatment

BriteLife Recovery offers a full continuum of care at our centers in Hilton Head, SC and Hanover, PA. We offer a collaborative approach to addiction treatment that is centered on client choice. We help clients overcome substance use disorder while improving overall health and wellness. With small staff-to-client ratios, clients have access to detox, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. We adhere to the highest standards of care and use the latest evidence-based approaches to develop our substance abuse treatment programs.

About BriteLife Recovery
BriteLife Recovery is a national provider of addiction treatment for adult men and women. With a focus on total health and wellness, BriteLife offers individualized substance use disorder programs that are centered on client choice and collaboration. The company operates luxury treatment centers in Hanover, PA and Hilton Head, SC.

About the Author
Matthew Koenig is the principal of Last Call Marketing, which devotes their efforts to Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Website Design and SEO, primarily in healthcare and tourism concerns. Mr. Koenig is based out of South Florida. His sober date is June 10, 2013.

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