Using a legal substance, such as alcohol or prescription medicines, or an illegal substance, can lead to substance abuse. Substance abuse is not the same thing as addiction. You may have a substance abuse problem but not be physically addicted to the substance.
Many people begin taking a substance to unwind and relieve stress. After a while, they require more and more of the substance to achieve the high. The good news is that you can change your substance abuse behavior.
New Vista offers prevention, education and early intervention services to help you break the cycle of substance abuse. These programs are focused on helping to prevent or reduce high risk behaviors such as underage alcohol and tobacco use, prescription drug misuse and abuse and illicit drug use. For example, our Zero Tolerance is an education program offers help for individuals under the age of 21 who have been cited for drinking and driving.