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What are the Substance Abuse Symptoms

Posted on :  April 28th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Addiction can happen after the first time taking recreational or prescription drugs. While this is uncommon, there are people who experience this problem. People who decide to take any type of addictive drug do it for a variety of reasons. Some try to escape their real lives, some use drugs to cope with life, others just want to do what their friends are doing, and some just want to satisfy a curiosity.

No matter the reason, taking addictive drugs can lead to a serious collection of problems. It is helpful for people to recognize the symptoms that can come with substance abuse. By recognizing the symptoms, it is easier to get loved ones the help they need.

Dispositions for Drug Abuse

People who develop addiction tend to have varying reasons. Those include genetic predispositions, mental health issues, and environmental issues. Drugs will create addictions in most people, but some develop addictions faster than others. Those who have family history of addiction should avoid taking any type of addictive drug. Those who have suffered from traumatic experiences of any kind should, too. People who have anxiety and/or depressions are also more likely to become addicted to narcotics very quickly. The same goes for people who have started using drugs at a young age.

Brain Changes that Affect Addiction

Addiction occurs because of changes in the brain. Drugs affect the brain in different ways based on the chemicals in the drug. Eventually, the brain begins to crave the sensation that occurs when the drug enters the body. The brain experiences pleasure when the drug releases hormones like dopamine. The craving for pleasurable experiences begins to dominate the mind, so regular life events, like work, friends, family, health, etc., take second place to the goal of getting high. Most people who develop addiction do not realize they are addicted.

Signs of Drug Abuse

There are several signs of drug abuse that can be readily identified. The easiest way to recognize drug abuse is to look at the responsibilities of the addict. Is the addict neglecting responsibilities? If the addict is a teen, look at the teen’s grades and attendance at school. Adults who have jobs often lose their positions at work because they fail to show up or they do not get their work finished. Homes and families can suffer because addicts are too busy getting high that taking care of their responsibilities. Relationships also suffer when addicts get into their habits too deeply.

Dangerous Living

Many addicts also live dangerous lives. They will drive while high, buy their drugs from unsavory sources, and many will use dirty materials to put the drugs into their bodies. Some will also have sex to get drugs. In many cases, drug addicts will also get into legal trouble, possibly getting caught buying drugs or doing something illegal to get drugs. Some will get caught driving while high or creating a disorderly display in public while under the influence.

More and More Drug Use

Addicts might be able to recognize their own problems if they can look into their own behavior. Most addicts develop a tolerance for their drug of choice, so they need to take more and more as time goes on. Addicts who are unable to get their drug-of-choice, they will use other drugs to soothe any feelings of withdrawal. They will look for other drugs so they do not have to experience the nausea, sweating, anxiety, and restlessness that can come from withdrawal.

Recognizing a Problem

Even though many addicts will not realize that they have a problem, it can be helpful to ask any addict if he or she still has control over drug use. In most cases, the addict will deny there is a problem, but if loved ones do not ask the question, the addict will never take the time to think about the answer. Even if the addict does recognize there is a problem, there is a chance that the addict does is unable to do anything about it.

Because most addicts spend their entire day looking for ways to get high, it is safe to say most addicts have lives that are all about drugs. Once people become addicted to a narcotic, they usually lose interest in things they previously enjoyed.

If you have any questions about drug use, please contact us at Towards Recovery Clinics. We can help you work with your loved one.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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