Drug addiction or abuse of any substance is considered to be a mental illness. It initially starts with deriving pleasure, but later hooks the individual turning it into a full-blown addiction problem. Substance abuse is not just limited to drug or alcohol, but also includes tobacco, nicotine, psychedelic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, prescribed medication such as opioids etc.
There are so many circumstances and events that can lure an individual towards addiction—including social gatherings, late night parties or clubbing, depressive incident in life or any prolonged illness.
When people have to take certain medication like painkillers due to any prolonged injury or health issue, the body gets addicted to these opioids. Gradually they become uncomfortable with cessation from these medicines. It becomes difficult for them to continue with their daily activities. For example, someone with sleep disorder was prescribed with sleep inducing drugs. He/she used that drug for quite some time now, but still continues having sleep problems without these drugs. That becomes a problem. Same is true for painkillers, which have harmful effects on the body. Opioids have higher risk of organ damage if used for a longer period of time.
Similarly, with alcohol and other drugs, it may start with a sense of pleasure. Later when a person crosses the threshold it leads to craving. The body feels uncontrollable longing for these substances. Gradually, they slip into the abyss of addiction living only for these substances, abandoning their family, work and most importantly their lives.
Who are at a greater risk?
Risk and impact of addiction, be it any substance, is all-pervasive. As per a recent study, people having history of substance abuse are more prone to re-addiction. People from lower income group or living life in penury have greater chances of swerving towards drug abuse propelled by their heart wrenching circumstances in which they are brought up. Most blatant truth about the lower income group is they don’t have access to treatment while someone within the middle or upper class can easily access treatment and rehabilitation programs.
People suffering from depression or any mental disorder are at an increased risk of becoming addicts. Mental illness can contribute towards self-medication, which, in turn can worsen mental illness. If one is under medication and is also abusing any substance, then treatment becomes even more difficult. It is a double whammy.
How to detect symptoms of drug abuse?
Drug abuse can cause a significant change in an individual’s personality. Drugs like amphetamines, or “stimulants,” such as cocaine and methamphetamine, can cause hostility and excitement even in the meekest person. The change in the personality often makes others feel uneasy. Drug abuse destroys lives and eats into the finances of a family.
Seek immediate help
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or any mental illness and looking for a reliable behavioral health center, then get in touch with 24/7 Recovery Helpline by calling our 24/7 available number 855-441-4405.
We, at 24/7 Recovery Helpline, have collaboration with multiple behavioral health centers. You will receive the best comprehensive evidence-based treatment plans for substance abuse problems as well as mental health disorders. You can also chat online with our experts available 24/7 at our drug addiction help online to get guidance about dual-diagnosis treatment centers and various programs offered.