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How to recognize signs of addiction and find remedies

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?

Behavioral Symptoms:

  1. Person starts to avoid place of work, school or college.
  2. Social isolation and withdrawal may become primary habit. Also an addicted person tends to be very secretive about his/her activities.
  3. Person experiences changes in sleep pattern.
  4. Person may land up in legal tangles.
  5. Interpersonal hostility takes a toll.
  6. Unexplained spending habits develop. Soon one lands into financial problems.

Emotional symptoms:

  • Develops a habit of irritability and argumentativeness
  • Person starts to lose interest in family and friends. Rather, one develops unhealthy relationship with people who are already addicted to substance abuse
  • Acting obnoxious, inappropriate and childish
  • Always having baffling thoughts
  • Gives strange excuses when confronted
  • Gives irrational and weird justification
  • Shift blame to others

Physical Symptoms:

  1. The addicted person experiences change in energy levels
  2. There is noticeably change their pattern of speech
  3. Red eyes, contracted pupil are most prominent physical symptoms of substance abuse
  4. Abnormal weight changes
  5. Abnormal appetite changes

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.

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