Substance Use Disorder Resources

A substance use disorder (SUD) is a mental health disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to a person’s inability to control their use of substances, including:

  • Legal drugs
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Medications

SUDs are treatable and can range from mild to severe, depending on the number of symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of SUDS

Signs and symptoms vary based on the substance(s), but general symptoms may include:

  • Using more of a substance than you meant to or for longer than you meant to
  • Experiencing intense cravings or urges
  • Needing more of a substance to get the desired effect
  • Spending more time getting and using substances than before
  • Neglecting responsibilities because of substance use
  • Using substances, even if it’s disrupting relationships

Treating SUDS

There are many treatment options for SUD. The type of treatment depends on the individual.There is no single treatment that works for everyone. Treatment might include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Withdrawal therapy (also called "detox")
  • Medication
  • Behavior therapy
  • Self-help support groups

Tufts students who are concerned about their substance use can: