Recognise the symptoms of addiction and the signs of substance abuse
Drug and substance abuse is an epidemic in modern society. Addiction can result from the use of prescription drugs as well as drugs of a more “recreational” nature. While some drugs are more addictive than others, all drugs are to some degree capable of making the user dependent.
The first step to overcome addiction is to recognise that there is a problem. The honesty to admit that one is trapped in the cycle of addiction is the foundation stone for recovery. It is not possible to get better before coming to the honesty to admit to oneself that there is a problem.
The most successful treatment for overcoming the challenge of addiction, is a period of rehabilitation in an affordable addictions recovery center. Rehabilitation affords the patient the opportunity to be supported by trained drugs and alcohol addiction professionals. A dedicated period of inpatient care, affords the patient the opportunity to make a complete change in their life, and break the pattern of addiction.
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The medical symptoms of addiction
The first symptom of addition is increased tolerance. With increased use of any substance, the body will seek to fight it’s detrimental effects. The result is that the body develops tolerance to the substance. In the field of addiction treatment, increased tolerance to any substance is recognised as being the first clinical indicator of addiction. This is because increased tolerance indicates a pattern of regular drug of alcohol abuse.
In the unconscious pursuit of trying to replicate the effects that the user experienced the first time they took the substance, many will find themselves taking increasing quantities of the drug to try to counteract the effects of increased tolerance. This leads to culmative effects of the negative effects that the drug has on the body.
Change in appearance
Drug use often leads to a physical change in appearance of the user. Eyes may become bloodshot or glazed and pupils dilated. Often the drug user will experience rapid changes of weight as well.
Addiction often causes irresponsible spending and leads to financial problems. In severe cases, this can extend as far as selling valuable personal possessions or even stealing from loved ones in order to get the money to pay for the next fix of a drug. Such behaviour is a clear indicator of addiction.
Drug abuse can lead to criminal behaviours, such as home robbery and mugging. The DEA made 30,922 drug-related arrests in 2010, according to the Department of Justice.
The addiction itself causes further symptoms such as anxiety and depression. The addict will often react to these emotions in the way that they have “learned” and find themselves taking more of the substance that they are addicted too.
Learning to recognise the physical or behavioural signs of drug abuse can help prevent the problem from progressing further.
The symptoms of specific substances that are often abused
Alcohol is one of the most widely abused legal substances in the United States. Because of its legality, it is hard to control access to those of legal age. Symptoms of alcohol abuse include frequent hangovers, irresponsible drinking such as drink-driving and excessive binge drinking. Binge drinking occurs when the person drinks more than one eight-ounce beer or a five-ounce glass of wine in one hour. People who abuse alcohol will frequently have the scent of it on their clothes or breath.
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Marijuana is considered one of the “softer” illegal drugs, but it is still prone to abuse. It is also one of the most popular drugs among many demographics. People often use marijuana for relaxation because of its euphoric effects. Some signs of marijuana abuse include dilated pupils or bloodshot eyes. In addition, effects of Marijuana use include decreased short-term memory and motivation. Many regular marijuana users will be become depressed. People who use marijuana often try to hide the smell in their rooms by covering it up with incense. Small burns on the fingers or clothes can be a sign of smoking marijuana.
Heroin is one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs a person can abuse. It is a powerful narcotic and often causes addiction upon its first use. Most often, heroin is administered through injection into a vein. If you see needle marks on someone’s arms, it is a sign of possible heroin use. Although intravenous needles can be inserted anywhere that a vein is located, the arms are the most common location used by heroin addicts. Regular heroin use causes side effects such as weight loss and collapsed veins, as well as inflamed tissue around the needle sites.
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Methamphetamines commonly referred to as “meth”, act as a powerful stimulant. Students or workers may use them to get a rush of energy.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 2.4 percent of 12th-grade students had used meth at least once. Meth users typically come across as being paranoid or “twitchy”. They are prone to aggressive outbursts and have an inability to sit still. Sudden weight loss can also indicate effects of crystal meth use because the drug increases metabolism. There are lots of treatment options available in helping a Crystal Meth addict. Please feel free to contact us now.
Prescription drugs are often overlooked as substances of abuse because they are (at least in the first instance) prescribed by doctors for a legitimate medical purpose.
Antidepressants and painkillers are the most commonly abused types of prescription drugs. The physical signs will vary, but if you notice a trend of someone frequently visiting different doctors to seek a diagnosis of chronic pain, it is one sign of prescription abuse. Another sign is taking higher dosages than prescribed or frequently losing prescriptions.
Particularly note should be made of the addictive nature of painkillers and tranquillisers such as Vicodin, Valium and Xenax. These drugs can be quite habit forming. A common sign of addiction is problems stopping using the prescription drug, such as drug withdrawal symptoms.