According to a government survey conducted in 2012, 21.6% of people in Canada over the age of 15 experienced some form of substance abuse. Of this number, 18.1% abused alcohol. Substance abuse can have a big impact on physical and mental health, especially if the patient doesn’t get treatment quickly. Many patients develop life-long health consequences like organ damage or nerve damage because of this disorder. What is substance abuse? Any excessive or harmful consumption of psychoactive substances is considered substance abuse. If a patient consumes unhealthy amounts of a mind-altering substance and can’t stop, they need professional help. These patients develop a dependency on drugs or alcohol, experience withdrawal when they try to overcome the problem, and quickly fall[…]