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Drug Addiction Program

Drug addiction is a mental illness (often referred as a neuropsychiatric disorder) in which dependence grows and persists on illegal drugs or medications. It stimulates brain’s pleasure zone by activating the reward processes and induces a compulsive drug-taking and drug-seeking behavior in an individual.

How Does Drug Addiction Happen

Addictive drugs change brain’s normal functioning in fundamental ways. They override brain’s natural hierarchy of necessities and desires and substitute it with priorities connected to drug seeking and using. Persisted use encourages adaptive changes in the brain, which ultimately lead to craving, physical and mental dependence, tolerance, relapse, and sensitization.

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Illicit drugs that are often abused include:

  • Alcohol
  • Bath Salts
  • Cocaine and crack cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • Ecstasy
  • GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate)
  • Heroin
  • Ketamine
  • LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • Marijuana
  • Nicotine
  • PCP (phencyclidine)
  • Steroid

Commonly abused prescription medications include:

  • Amphetamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Opiates
  • Painkillers
  • Psychostimulants
  • Sedative-hypnotics

Drug Addiction Signs and Symptoms

The trap to drug addictions often starts with social or casual use of abusive drugs. Many people initially take an addictive drug just to have fun. However, soon using the drug turns into a habit for them and the addiction grows so speedily that within a few weeks, they convert into an addict. As time passes, the need for higher doses increases and they become more and more desperate to have the drug — as a result, social and financial problems start.

Although different drugs work differently in the body, the signs and symptoms of drug addiction aren’t dissimilar. Drug addicts tend to show many similar signs of their addiction. 

Common signs of drug abuse

  • Abandoning activities — such as hobbies, games, sports, and socializing
  • Missing school or work
  • Neglecting responsibilities at school or work
  • Ignoring family obligation at home
  • Financial problem or undesirable need of money
  • Stealing money or selling items
  • Unexpected change in friends and favorite hangouts
  • Driving under the influence
  • Disruption in sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite
  • Suspicious behaviors
  • Loss of behavioral control — fighting with friends, partner, family member, and even boss

Common physical symptoms of drug addiction

  • Negligence in physical appearance
  • Red eyes
  • Dark circles around the eyes
  • Changes of pupils — either smaller or larger than normal
  • Bad dental hygiene
  • Deterioration in personal grooming
  • Pungent odors on breath, body, or clothing
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Incoherent or slurred speech
  • Unstable coordination
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Tremor

Self-assessment

Are you having a problem with drugs? If you’re thinking you have an addiction issue, well oddly enough but the answer is “you probably do “. To have a clearer picture of your abuse of drugs, consider asking yourself the following questions. If most of the answers are yes, then you’re having it!

  • Are you feeling that you have to take the drug regularly?
  • Did you have failed attempts to stop taking the drug?
  • Are you taking risks while high on the drug?
  • Have you taken more doses than you planned?
  • Are you making sure you always get a supply of the drug?
  • Have you spent all your income to get the drug?
  • Do you think that the drug is a solution to all your problems?

How to Help Someone with a Drug Problem?

If your partner, friend, or a family member is coping with a drug problem, caring for him/her can make you feel isolated and alone. However, don’t feel hopeless. Support is available for the person you care. Try having a talk with the person you’re worried about, without being judgmental. Offer him help and support.

Overcoming drug addiction and staying sober involve a number of efforts. Learning new skills cope with an addiction and knowing where to get help and support are crucial. Call Devotions Recovery Center for more help.

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