Most addicts aren’t unable to stop using on their own. Recognizing there is a problem and making a choice to get sober is the first step but isn’t enough in and of itself.
An addict won’t feel normal again until their bodies stop craving the substance they have become so used to. The body often reactions violently when deprived of addictive substances, making the user sick, anxious, and agitated. This is referred to as withdrawal. Certain medicines, such as methadone, can help reduce cravings and ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
Look for These Signs Indicating Someone Needs Treatment
Undergoing withdrawal when trying to stop using is not the only sign that someone needs treatment. Neglecting normal responsibilities and losing interest in everything other than using are even greater indicators.
Here are three red flags suggesting that someone needs treatment.
Not caring for work, family, or community
Failing to act responsibly with regard to family or community can often be a sign that someone needs treatment. Many addicts find they cannot hold a job for any length of time.
Not looking after one’s health
When someone begins neglecting their personal health and hygiene, this clearly indicates that they have a serious drug problem. They have either stopped caring or simply forgotten about regular daily habits of taking care of themselves.
No longer enjoying things they once loved
Because drugs overload the chemical receptors in the brain associated with pleasure, eventually nothing but getting high can make an addict feel good. Losing interest in activities they once found pleasurable usually means someone needs treatment.
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If you or someone you know is showing these symptoms as a result of being dependent on drugs, please contact us today. Asana Recovery will help you get your life back on track.