Dealing with the Signs of Addiction

Signs of Addiction and dealing with a loved one who is an addict

Substance abuse comes in many forms and has been known to cause extreme consequences as a result of not getting treatment. Drug use, from a historical perspective, have been used for centuries for a number of purposes.Although known to alter mood and behavior, the use of drugs was not considered to be harmful enough to propel an addiction. The use of substances have been used in religion, for medicinal use, and in recreation, but there is still a debate on differences between dependence and addiction.

What Is an Addiction?

Knowing what addiction is and how it looks can assist in getting treatment in the beginning stages. According to the current definition from the National Institute of Health, an addiction is a brain disease or complex disorder that has pervasive consequences and involves a number of components.

Understanding the signs of addiction can be difficult, especially when tied to cultural beliefs. In the United States alone, there are more than 14, 500 specialized treatment facilities to treat people who have varying substance use disorders.

Most Commonly Used Drugs

Most commonly used drugsThere are a number of drugs that are commonly used that can have a significant impact on behavior. As the legalization of certain drugs becomes more prevalent, usage among high school students continues to grow, along with nonmedical prescription drug use.

Commonly used drugs include:
  • Marijuana
  • Medical marijuana
  • Spice
  • Vicodin
  • OxyContin
  • Ritalin
  • The mixture Syrup
  • Purple Drank

The Use of Marijuana

More than half of new drug users start with marijuana, and the use of drugs other than marijuana has not changed significantly over the past decade. The next most common is prescription pain relievers and inhalants.Because the triggers for addictions stem from a number of places, knowing the early signs may help prevent the addiction from becoming uncontrollable. In many instances, there are life-changing events that may trigger drug use, such as someone feeling that they are out of place, or don’t belong among loved ones. Other times, they are having difficulties on the job or in school, or do not feel that they can succeed in life.

Getting Help for Addiction

Searching to find Help for AddictionFinding the right rehabilitation facility is the first step in getting back on track. There are short and long-term facilities that offer a number of options and solutions based on how severe the addiction is.

A licensed mental health professional can assist in diagnosis and assessment to recommend the right course of treatment that will be effective for everyone.It is important to understand that the process can be difficult and emotional. Having loved ones who want the best for the individual can make the difference. Working together, a treatment center can address the issues with the enabler and the abuser to get to the root of the problem to establish cohesiveness in carrying out the plan.

Depending on the level of interaction from the abuser, there are a number of treatment options that can be beneficial one-on-one, and as a family unit. Helping the abuser understand the behaviors of addiction and how they can be overcome to improve the overall quality of life.


References:
  1. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/most-commonly-used-addictive-drugs;
  2. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs


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