[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”ADDICTED TO DRUGS” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Drug addiction is defined as having a dependence on a legal or illegal drug or medication—and can actually include any substance that can be abused, such as household cleaners or prescription drugs. Tobacco and alcohol, while legal, are addictive drugs.
HOW IT BEGINS
Most who battle with drug addiction were introduced to drugs through experimental use in social situations. Often, a person starts down the path to addiction through interest in a drug’s effects or through peer pressure. The extent of addiction often depends on the person and the type of drug. If a person has formed addictions to smoking or alcohol, they may easily become addicted to other substances. In other cases a person may begin to form an addiction after their first encounter—craving the experience they had.
Certain drugs are more addictive than others and some—like narcotics and stimulants—can produce chemical dependencies that lead to severe withdrawal symptoms.
SIGNS OF ADDICTION
Signs of drug abuse may vary but some common symptoms are:
- Taking larger doses to achieve the same effect
- Continued use despite adverse effects
- Strong urges to use/using regularly
- Failing in attempts to stop
- Driving while using
While these signs are not all inclusive, they are common indicators of addiction. Frequently, the only person that will recognize these signs are the users themselves. There are other signs, though, that family and friends may notice.
If you suspect someone close to you is battling with addiction, you may have noticed some of these signs:
- Changes in behavior
- Problems at school or at work
- Decline in physical appearance
- Spending money without an explanation
- Neglecting family or financial obligations
WHAT TO DO
Many people are not sure how to deal with their own addiction or how to approach someone they care about with their concerns. That’s okay. It’s not easy. Thankfully, there are many resources available to those who are not sure what the first step is.
If you are not sure what to do about your own addiction or about your concern for someone else, contact someone who can help you. They will be able to guide you in the appropriate steps you can take to achieve the best result.
IS THERE A SOLUTION?
Abuse typically begins when tolerance is built up, requiring higher doses for the same effect. The human body becomes accustomed to that, and some users report strong urges to use months or even years after treatment. Treatment programs, though, can provide tools to help you overcome these feelings and achieve success.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]