Signs of Drug Abuse

Prescription drug use has its place and specific medical purpose, but using prescribed or illicit drugs wantonly is ill-advised and dangerous.

In some cases, one’s use of drugs can turn into a habit that they are unwilling to stop, even after it begins to negatively impact their lives or the lives of those around them. This problematic behavior is called substance or drug abuse, and while not every person who uses drugs will develop it, it is a dangerous, costly, and growing problem.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the overall cost of illicit drug abuse in terms of health care, crime, and productivity lost amounts to roughly $193 billion a year. One must determine if they or someone that they care for has a problem with drugs by learning to recognize the symptoms of addiction and abuse.

To Understand the Signs of Drug Abuse Is to Understand Challenges Yet to Overcome

Stimulants, depressants, and pain medications are some of the drugs that are most commonly abused. Although many drugs of abuse are illegal, people do misuse prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as well.

The symptoms of drug abuse can vary depending on the specific drug that is used. Additionally, the method of use may even impact the symptoms of addiction and abuse that one might display.

There are, however, certain basic signs and symptoms of drug addiction and abuse that tend to be universal.

Neglecting one’s responsibilities is one of the first indicators that someone may be abusing drugs. This includes being consistently late for work or failing to show up at all, failing in school, and even neglecting one’s children or family.

Taking unwarranted risks that could injure oneself or others, such as having unprotected sex while high or sharing needles to inject a drug of choice, is also a sign that one has developed a substance abuse problem.

Some risks, such as driving while under the influence or stealing money or goods to support one’s need to use drugs, can also result in legal troubles. Yet another indicator that someone is abusing or addicted to drugs is the effect that it has on their relationships.

Arguing and the loss of friendships over one’s substance abuse are unfortunately common symptoms of drug abuse.

As the use of drugs becomes more severe, it may become increasingly difficult to resist taking them as addictive drugs tend to alter how the brain functions. Changes in the brain are an indicator that one has become chemically addicted to an abused substance.

As a result, building up a tolerance and the onset of withdrawal symptoms when one attempts to stop using the drug are two of the most important drug addiction symptoms.

Another symptom of drug addiction is abandoning hobbies and activities that they were once passionate about and that brought pleasure.

Recognizing and acknowledging drug addiction symptoms for what they are is the first step toward finding one’s true path in life.

At True Recovery, our clients have access not only to our addiction treatment facility and custom addiction treatment program but to safe, comfortable, and structured off-site living if desired.

Our staff of experienced doctors, therapists, and counselors provides addiction counseling and works closely with clients to create an individualized plan that helps them find their life’s passion and reach personal goals and their fullest potential.

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