March 22-28, 2021 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.
Stronger Together covered substance abuse disorders (SUDs) in December 2020 - revisit this topic here!
Substance Use Disorders is when someone continues to use a substance despite adverse outcomes, such as:
changes in appetite
lack of motivation
slowed reaction time
Mental illnesses can also develop from substance use, this is called substance-induced disorder.
Did you know that 20 MILLION Americans suffer from SUDs, but only 10% actually receive treatment?
Research also shows that cis-gendered men and women almost equally experience SUDs, but cis-gendered male graduate students are more likely to suffer from SUD consequences - including injury, death, or unable to complete their degree.
If you are struggling with a SUD, we encourage you to seek out professional help.
Some resources available to help you include:
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
The Support Group Project
Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous
Helping Others Live Sover
There are also some apps available that can help keep you on track: Pear reSET, Sober Grid, Addicaid, Talkspace