Many believe that overcoming drug addiction is merely a matter of willpower. That simply is not true. For many men and women, rehabilitation is required for abusers to stop using drugs or alcohol. A long-drawn-out exposure to drugs can change the brain in ways which can result in severe cravings and a compulsion to use. These changes in the brain can make it quite difficult for someone to quit by pure force of will.
Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse:
You may notice the following in a friend or family member: neglecting responsibilities at work, home or school; drug use may have legal ramifications, such as driving under the influence, arrests for disorderly conduct or shoplifting to support a drug habit; drug use is causing relationship problems, such as an unhappy employer, the loss of old friends or fights with family members or partners; forsaking activities which used to be enjoyed, like sports, socializing and hobbies; and increased agitation or petulance when engaging in common social contacts.
Drug Addiction Signs in Yourself:
If you are a drug addict, you may notice the following in yourself: a need to use more drugs to experience similar effects which used to be reached with smaller quantities; the use of drugs under fatal conditions or taking risks while high, like using dirty needles, having unprotected sex or driving under the influence; you experience symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, sweating and shaking, nausea, depression and restlessness; your use of drugs is beyond the limit you had intended, although you convinced yourself that you would not. You may intend to stop drugs, but you feel helpless; the use of drugs is causing mood swings, paranoia, depression, infections and blackouts but you can’t seem to stop.
Addiction is known to be a disease, but that doesn’t mean an abuser is hopeless. The brain changes linked with drug addiction can treated and even inverted through medication, therapy, exercise and various treatments. The key to successful drug addiction treatment is finding the right recovery treatment program.