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Drug Abuse

The human mind has the capability to become addicted to almost anything, but when it comes to drugs, the mind becomes so dependent on them, that the individual affected will go to great lengths to hide their addiction and some will not even be aware of their own dependence on the drug. Thankfully, there are treatments out there to help individuals overcome addiction, but treatments are of no use without first recognizing that someone has an addiction.

Red Flags that Someone is Addicted

Behavioral Signs: 

  • Difficulty in school and disinterest in school activities
  • Lowered work performance, appearing tired and disinterested during work
  • Increased tendency to seek privacy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Defensiveness when asked about drug use
  • Drastic changes in relationships with others
  • Abnormal requests for money

Physical Signs: 

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Poor skin tone
  • Inappropriate or dirty clothing
  • Decreased hygiene
  • Weight Loss

Recognizing these signs earlier than later can significantly increase the odds of the drug user achieving full recovery from their drug addiction. Simply being aware of these signs might be enough to save someone from years of hardship that come with drug dependency. Below are subjective signs of drug addiction from the perspective of the user: 

  • Need to use drug daily
  • Intense urges to use the drug that blocks other thoughts
  • Needing more of the drug to have the same effect
  • Maintaining a supply of the drug
  • Cutting back on work or social responsibilities
  • Failing to quit the drug
  • Experiencing withdrawal
  • Continued use of the drug after negative side effects and conflicts with other life events

These are listed to give individuals an idea of what the drug user is experiencing and what thoughts are running through their head. This list may also pertain to individuals reading this article, for which we kindly urge to seek help from family or professionals. An individual should seek help when he/she cannot stop using the drug despite the negative consequences, drug use has led to dangerous behaviors, and when withdrawal symptoms are experienced after abstaining from the drug.

In terms of helping a loved one with getting help for their addiction, the best way is through incentives to see a doctor rather than direct confrontation because confrontation can possibly escalate into violence and ultimately non-cooperation from the user. No one wants to be told that they have a problem, especially a problem of the mind. This should be handled in a non-judgmental, helpful way because that is what will bring the user to realize that treatment is not against them and is not intended to cause harm.

When it comes down to it, pleasure is just a feeling, but life is something that is very real and could be missed out on and consumed by an inanimate substance, so one must ask oneself if it is worth it to remain trapped in addiction or admit a need for guidance.

If you are concerned that you or someone you love may be developing a substance addiction, the Asana Recovery Center may be able to help. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment program today.