Housatonic Valley Health District
Substance Abuse Prevention & Assistance
Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) are treatable, chronic diseases characterized by a problematic pattern of use of a substance or substances leading to impairments in health, social function, and control over substance use. It is a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptoms indicating that the individual continues using the substance despite harmful consequences. Patterns of symptoms resulting from substance use (drugs or alcohol) can help a doctor diagnose a person with a SUD or SUDs. SUDs can range in severity from mild to severe and can affect people of any race, gender, income level, or social class.
- SUDs are treatable, chronic diseases that can affect anyone – regardless of race, gender, income level, or social class.
- One in seven Americans aged 12 or older reports experiencing a SUD.
- SUD diagnosis can be applied to the following classes of drugs: alcohol; cannabis; hallucinogens; inhalants; opioids; sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics; stimulants; tobacco (nicotine); and other (or unknown) substances.
- SUDs can lead to significant problems in all aspects of a person’s life including in their work, school, or home life
- Coordinated care is critical in treating anyone with a SUD to achieve positive outcomes. Coordinating treatment for comorbidities, including mental health conditions, is an important part of treating a SUD.
- Find treatment near you
- Call or text 988
- Disaster distress hotline (1-800-985-5990)
- National helpline (1-800-6624-x357)
Updated: September 19, 2023