Drug use problems can affect people from all backgrounds and ages. The bad news is that it’s not just illegal drugs that can lead to addiction — prescription drugs such as painkillers, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers can cause similar problems. Prescription painkillers are the most abused drugs in the U.S., and their addiction is so powerful that many addicts turn to heroin when they can no longer obtain the pills. If you have a drug problem, we at On Your Mind Counseling are here to provide drug addiction counseling. This article will discuss drug abuse and addiction’s warning signs and symptoms.
Drug Use Turned into Drug Abuse
Using potent prescription drugs does not necessarily lead to abuse or addiction. When used correctly and for a limited time, most people don’t develop a problem. However, while some people can use drugs without experiencing adverse effects, others may find it harmful to their well-being (even after a very short period of time).
The specific point at which drug use becomes problematic varies greatly from person to person. The issue is less about the type or amount of substance consumed and more about its consequences on your life. Recognizing the existence of a problem is the first step in dealing with drug abuse or addiction. Although it can be overwhelming, seeking help can lead to recovery and fulfilling life free from drugs.
Risk Factors of Drug Addiction
Although anyone can experience problems from using drugs, the risk of substance addiction varies from person to person. Genetic, mental health, family, and social environment factors can all contribute, with certain risk factors increasing the vulnerability to addiction. These risk factors include:
- A family history of addiction
- A history of abuse or neglect
- Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
- Method of administration such as smoking or injecting a drug
- Early use of drugs
- Unusual personality change
Symptoms of Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse
Knowing the symptoms of drug addiction and abuse is important because identifying the early signs can help prevent further harm to yourself or others. In addition, by knowing the symptoms, you can seek appropriate help and support to overcome addiction and prevent it from escalating. Here are the signs of drug addiction and abuse you need to know.
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Using drugs under dangerous conditions, such as driving
- Problems with relationships
- Spending a lot of time thinking about drug-related matters
- Experiencing legal trouble, such as arrests for disorderly conduct
- Continuous usage of drugs despite knowing all the harms
- Abandoning favorite activities
- Appetite/sleep problems
- Secretive/suspicious behaviors
- Sudden mood swings
- Financial issues
- Bloodshot eyes and larger/smaller pupils
- Sudden weight loss/gain
- Unusual smells on body parts
- Deterioration of physical appearance
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
- Unusual hyperactivity
- Building up a drug tolerance, forcing you to use more of the drug
- Experiencing nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and shaking when going too long without drugs
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If you are suffering from drug abuse and drug addiction, getting help from experts can help you overcome your addiction, improve your overall health, rebuild relationships, improve your performance at work, and regain control over your life. Addiction is a complex disease that can have serious consequences. Professional help can give you the tools and support to manage your symptoms and achieve lasting recovery.