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What Are the Signs of Having a Problem With Drugs?

Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is considered as disease that affects someone’s brain and behavior. Substances like alcohol, marijuana and nicotine are also considered drugs. When you’re addicted to these substances you’ll continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can start with experimental use of a drug or any psycodelic drug  in social gathering, but sooner, the use of these drugs becomes more frequent. For others, particularly with opioids, addiction begins with exposure to prescribed medications.

The risk of addiction and how fast you become addicted varies with which drug you are using. Some drugs, like opioid painkillers, have greater risk and cause addiction more quickly than others.

As time passes, your urge for these drugs increases and you start taking larger doses. As your addiction becomes more persistent you’ll need the drug just to feel good. The more you use these drugs, you’ll find that it’s increasingly difficult to sustain without it. Attempts to prevent drug use may cause intense cravings and cause you to feel physically ill (withdrawal symptoms).

You may require help from your doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organized treatment program to deal against drug addiction.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of substance abuse , especially at the very the beginning, is  often crucial for getting assistance and treatment  in timely manner  before, the consequences becomes devastating.

Who Are At A Greater Risk?

Drug addiction symptoms don’t discriminate between men, women, old and children or persons across socioeconomic lines. Anyone can  become addicted. But there are certain risk factors that increase an individual’s chances of developing an addiction. There is a genetic component to substance abuse . Studies have found that persons with a minimum of one close relative with an addiction problem are at higher risk to developing a substance abuse themselves. People that are raised or otherwise living in an environment or family situation where there’s active substance abuse are at an increased risk of falling into an equivalent pattern. Growing up or living in poverty contributes to an increased risk of developing an addiction. Also, people in lower socioeconomic brackets don’t have the maximum amount margin for error as wealthier individuals. While someone within the middle or upper crust can more easily access therapy and rehabilitation, and handle legal woes but someone in poverty cannot. People those suffer from  any mental disorders are at an increased risk of becoming addicted, either to legal or illegal drugs. Mental illness can trigger you towards self-medication. Self-medication can worsen the mental illness or disorder, and comorbid substance abuse becomes harder to treat.

How To Detect The Symptoms For Drug Abuse?

Behavioral Symptoms:

  1. One starts to avoid place of work, school or college.
  2. Social isolation and withdrawal can become primary habit. Also the person under addiction tend to be very secretive about their activities.
  3. One experiences changes in sleep pattern.
  4. One may land into legal problems
  5. Interpersonal hostility take a toll.
  6. Unexplained spending habits develop. Soon one land into financial problems.

Emotional Symptoms:

  1. Developing a habit of irritability and argumentiveness
  2. One starts to loose interest in family and friends. Rather one develops unhealthy relationship with people who are already addicted to substance abuse.
  3. Acting obnoxious, inappropriate and childish.
  4. Always having baffling thoughts.
  5. Give strange excuses when they are confronted.
  6. Their justification seems to be irrational and weird
  7. They shift blame on others.

Physical Symptoms:

  1. The addicted person experience change in energy levels.
  2. They noticeably change their pattern of speech.
  3. Red eyes, contracted pupil are most prevalent physical symptom of substance abuse.
  4. Abnormal weight changes
  5. Abnormal appetite changes

Amphetamines or ‘uppers,’ like cocaine and meth, can make even the foremost docile person hostile and agitated.  To an outsider, the changes in their personality are often distressing. Any substance abuse makes marked changes to someone’s personality. Substance abuse have ravaged lives and economies to a greater level.If you  or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse or mental illness and are looking for a reliable behavioral health center, get in touch with the 24/7 Recovery Helpline by calling our 24/7 alcohol helpline 855-441-4405. 24/7 Recovery Helpline is linked with multiple behavioral health centers that offer comprehensive evidence-based treatment plans for patients dealing with substance abuse issues, 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 programs offered.

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