What is SUD?

Defining SUD

Misuse of potentially harmful substances, such as opioids or alcohol to the extent that it interferes with a person’s well-being and/or ability to participate in daily activities such as work, school, and family life is referred to as a substance use disorder (SUD). Substance use disorders are treatable illnesses that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, employment status, income, or education level. No group or individual is immune to the reach of SUD. Starting with appropriate treatment and support, many people recover from SUD.

Opioid Use Disorders is a form of SUD that is rising at an alarming rate in New Hampshire. Opioids include substance like heroin, fentanyl, and prescription pain medications (OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.). State agencies and community partners are responding by providing New Hampshire residents with resources for every step of the recovery process.

 
A Medical Condition

It's important to remember that SUD is a diagnosable medical condition that requires treatment, not a moral failing.  Thinking of someone struggling to recover from an SUD as being undisciplined or weak is unfair. The reality is that it requires strength to seek a path to recovery. 

People suffering with an SUD may face medical, personal, social, and family challenges. In New Hampshire, there are an array of services to help you or your loved one with those challenges.

People should not hesitate to seek help for themselves or others. SUDs are highly treatable, and recovery is possible. Doorways can help you determine what services and supports could be part of your path to recovery.