The Signs, Causes & Treatment Options of Drug Abuse
Why do people turn to mind-altering substances? There are many reasons. Substance misuse can be a way to self-medicate a mental illness like anxiety or depression, it can be a way to escape from emotional pain or it can begin as an attempt to have fun in a social setting and quickly turn into a destructive habit. Whatever the motivation behind substance abuse, it’s important to remember that it can lead to addiction, organ damage and broken relationships.
What is Drug Abuse?
Substance abuse begins when someone takes a substance to change the way they feel currently. Everyone knows what kind of damage illegal substances like heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine can do, but prescription drugs can also be abused when people use them for non-medical reasons or outside of the amount they are prescribed.
Although drug addiction and drug abuse are closely linked, there is a difference between the two conditions. For instance, if someone doesn’t only abuses drugs three or four times a year, they may show signs of drug abuse but not addiction. However, if someone regularly abuses a substance and makes their entire life about using and obtaining the substance, that person shows signs of addiction.
Even when a prescription drug is prescribed for a medical reason, sometimes patients can become chemically dependent on the drug – especially opiates or benzodiazepines. While there is a difference between a drug dependence and a drug addiction, these two conditions often go together as well.
What Are the Most Popular Abused Substances?
There are many categories of drugs. Each substance affects the user differently. However, they all have one thing in common in that they are addictive. Here is more information about some of the most popular substances that people abuse.
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- Impulsive behavior
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- Suicidal thoughts
- Accidents due to risky behavior
Do You Need Drug Rehab?
If you currently suffer from substance use disorder, you are certainly not alone. Here at The Recovery Village at Ridgefield, we treat many patients for drug and alcohol addiction – helping them to find healing and find their way back to recovery. Our beautiful campus – convenient to Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington – provides a serene backdrop for patients to really focus on their health and wellness.
No matter what your story is, it’s never too late for you to ask for help. Call us today, and speak to one of our compassionate and understanding addiction specialists about the best treatment option for you.
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