Substance Abuse

Substance disorders in DSM-5 include 9 classes of drugs:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cannabis
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • Opioids
  • Sedatives, hypnotics, and anxiolytics
  • Stimulants (cocaine)
  • Tobacco


Substance-related problems include:

  • Persistent unsuccessful attempts to decrease use
  • A great deal of time is spent obtaining the substance or recovering from its effects
  • Craving
  • Failure to fulfil major role obligations at work, school, or home
  • Persistent interpersonal problems caused by the substance


Treatment for substance abuse requires specialists with training and experience in this area.

Substance abuse problems are notoriously difficult to treat because individuals like the way the substances make them feel and they hide their usage from others.  Specialists will have experience of how to talk with users about these challenges.  Specialists also know about proper protocols for detoxification, how to handle relapses, and how to find the best long-term supports.

 There are no known addiction recovery centers focused exclusively on youths in the New Orleans region.  The existing centers are focused on adults, which often are willing to include older teens in their programs.


If you are a specialist in substance abuse with youths and would like consumers to find you more easily in this directory, please email us at [email protected]