Substance Use Disorders

Psychiatry located in Bloomsbury, NJ

Substance Use Disorders

Substance use disorder affects more than 20 million people in the United States, impacting their physical, emotional, and social well-being. Wendy Ann Reiss, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Bloomsbury, New Jersey, who provides comprehensive care for people with substance use disorders for long-term recovery. Are you struggling with a substance use disorder? Call today or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation with the specialist. Telepsychiatry appointments are available.

Substance Use Disorders Q & A

What are substance use disorders?

Substance use disorders are mental health conditions that cause an intense need to use a substance despite the harm it causes (physical, emotional, social, or financial). The substances are usually addictive drugs like:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana

The use of these substances alters the structure and function of the brain, triggering cravings for the drug and the continued need to use. Over time, you develop a dependence on the drug, experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop.

How is substance use different from substance use disorders?

Substance use, or misuse, is the occasional use of potentially addictive substances. People with substance use can stop using the drug on their own and don’t experience withdrawal symptoms.

Some people can use substances and never develop a substance use disorder. However, it only takes a few uses of an addictive substance for the body to become dependent, turning misuse into a substance use disorder. 

What are the symptoms of substance use disorders?

Substance use disorders vary in severity but cause similar symptoms. Wendy groups symptoms of substance use disorders into four categories:

Impaired control

Impaired control is when you have an intense craving and urge to use the drug and you’re unable to stop using despite your desire to.

Social problems

Social problems of substance use disorders are when you choose the drug over your family, friends, job, or school. 

Risky use

Using the drug despite the physical, social, or financial harm it may cause are risky use symptoms.

Drug effects

Drug effects occur when you develop a tolerance to the drug and have withdrawal symptoms when you try to cut back or stop using.

Substance use disorders often co-occur with mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

What treatments can support recovery from substance use disorders?

Recovery from substance use disorders requires a multidisciplinary approach. Wendy is an experienced psychiatric nurse who manages your physical and mental health needs related to your substance use disorder.

Treatment may include:

  • Medication management
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Peer-led support groups

Wendy provides the support, guidance, and tools you need to get to a place of peace. Substance use disorders are chronic conditions and require ongoing care to maintain sobriety.

If you or someone you live with is struggling with a substance use disorder, call Wendy Ann Reiss, MSN, PMHNP-BC, today or use the online booking button to learn more about treatment.