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Treatment For Drug Abuse

treatment for drug abuse
Drug abuse is rampant, affecting millions of families, communities, workplaces and individuals throughout the U.S.

It is important to note that drug abuse is not limited to any one age group, gender or socio-economic level. Drug addiction can happen to anyone, to any family. Those seeking help with drug abuse, whether for themselves or a friend, colleague or family member, may be abusing one of these drugs:

  • Heroin
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana (“pot”)
  • Prescription drugs, including painkillers
  • Alcohol abuse may or may not accompany the drug abuse and addiction

Signs of Drug Abuse. The many signs and symptoms of drug abuse depend on several factors, including type and amount of drug abused, method of delivery (e.g, pills vs intravenously) and length of use/abuse. Some of these signs include:

  • Mood swings
  • Inattentiveness to personal grooming, such as bathing or brushing hair/teeth
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, work life
  • Lack or loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Disturbed sleep pattern
  • Depressed and/or manic
  • Significant changes in appetite or weight
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Disorientation
  • Slurred speed

Causes of Drug Abuse. Substance abuse may begin in childhood or the teenage years. Often, risk factors including these are present:

  • A chaotic home situation
  • The absence of a nurturing home environment
  • Family history of addiction
  • Poor social/coping skills
  • Peer pressure

People start using drugs for many different reasons, and not every user becomes an abuser. When it comes to evaluating the signs of drug abuse, no mater what the amount of frequency of use, if drug use is causing problems in the life of the user (emotional, physical and/or mental, for starters), then he or she likely has a drug addiction problem.

Getting Help For Drug Abuse. There is no question about it: It takes strength, commitment and courage to admit a drug abuse problem and then take the action necessary to get appropriate and effective help. Help is available in many forms, from drug rehab centers to drug abuse clinics and even to online addiction treatment.

Often, when it comes to treatments for drug abuse, the first step – deciding to make the change – is the most difficult one. But no matter how long the road to recovery seems, it is a road that can be traveled by anyone. These stories of those who turned their life around and left a life of drug abuse and addiction behind are inspiring and empowering.

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