Types of Substance Use Disorders

Updated: Sep 14



Different Types of Substance Use Disorders



Patients are diagnosed with a specific type of disorder based on the primary substance that they misuse, such as an alcohol use disorder, or opioid use disorder, stimulant use disorder, marijuana use disorder or sedative use disorder. However, many patients diagnosed with SUD misuse more than one kind of substance--also known as a polysubstance use disorder.



Different Types of Substance Use Disorders:





An excerpt from Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families, Addiction Policy Forum, 2020.




A Note From Addiction Policy Forum


Substance use disorders get worse over time. The earlier treatment starts the better the chances for long-term recovery. Many families are wrongly told to “wait for rock bottom” and that their loved one needs to feel ready to seek treatment in order for it to work. The idea that we should wait for the disease to get worse before seeking treatment is dangerous. Imagine if we waited until stage 4 to treat cancer. Decades of research has proven that the earlier someone is treated, the better their outcomes—and that treatment works just as well for patients who are compelled to start treatment by outside forces as it does for those who are self-motivated to enter treatment.


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