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Substance Use Disorders

Substance use and risky behaviors can take a strong hold over a person, lessening their control over life, as well as make an impact on the lives of those around them. This is especially true when it is part of a dual diagnosis. At Connections Wellness Group, we do not want you or your loved ones to suffer due to these problems. Our specialized treatment programs are designed to address the complexities of substance use disorder (SUD) and risky behavior, particularly when it coexists with other mental health conditions. 

By offering personalized, comprehensive care, we aim to help individuals break free from these cycles and achieve lasting recovery. If this is impeding on your life or that of a loved one, fill out our online form to learn about the support and mental health services offered at Connections Wellness Group. 

What Are Substance Use Disorders and Risky Behaviors and When is it Time to Seek Help?

Substance use disorder and risky behavior are characterized by the compulsive use of substances or engagement in behaviors, despite the harmful consequences. It can manifest in various forms, including the involvement of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications, as well as through behaviors such as gambling or sex. This often affects not only the individual but also their relationships, work and health.



This can appear gradually or suddenly, depending on the substance or behavior involved and the individual’s circumstances. Common signs include:

  • Increased tolerance, needing more of the substance or behavior to achieve the same effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance or engaging in the behavior
  • Inability to control or reduce use, despite wanting to do so
  • Difficulties imagining life without the substance or behavior
  • Neglecting responsibilities and activities previously enjoyed
  • The substance or behavior is your go-to response for relieving stress or anxiety


Recognizing the need for help is a critical step toward improving your life and relationships. If you or a loved one experiences these signs, it is important to seek professional assistance. This is especially true for individuals who have a family history of mental illness and/or substance use disorder or risky behaviors, or if they have experienced trauma that has fueled these issues. Early intervention can prevent further complications and support a healthier, more fulfilling life.


Dual Diagnosis

Many individuals with SUD also suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or PTSD. This is known as a dual diagnosis. Treating substance use disorders in isolation without addressing the underlying mental health issues often leads to relapse, which is why a dual diagnosis approach is essential for effective treatment. At Connections Wellness Group, our experienced, professional team is skilled in treating both SUD and risky behaviors and co-occurring mental health conditions for holistic approach to recovery.

Treatment Options at Connections Wellness Group

SUD and risky behaviors can affect people in a range of ways and at Connections Wellness Group, our therapists and clinicians work with you to determine the program that best suits your needs. Our programs include various levels of care and therapeutic services to ensure comprehensive support throughout the recovery process. 

Some of the treatments and services that are available in-person and/or as virtual therapy include:


Get Support from Connections Wellness Group Mental Health Services

Don’t let SUD or risky behaviors hold you back from the life you deserve. At Connections Wellness Group, we are dedicated to helping you reach recovery with the tools and resources you need to make it last. If you or a family member needs help, don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help. Get support by reaching us online or by phone at (877) 747-4294 to take that first step.