Learn the symptoms of drug abuse - addiction isn't just for illegal substances as you'll find
|Can you go a whole week without using
Do you often blackout after using drugs?
Do your loved ones complain about your drug use?
Has your drug use caused you to lose your job?
Do you abuse multiple drugs at one time?
Has your drug use caused problems with your family?
Do you experience withdrawal symptoms (e.g. sweating, shaking) whenever you stop using drugs?
Has your drug use caused you legal problems?
Do you continue to abuse drugs even though it causes you medical problems?
Do you feel guilty after taking drugs?
Welcome to SymptomsOfDrugAddiction.com - I'm glad you're here.
|Most drug addictions start with
experimental use of a drug in social situations. I stand firmly against
the idea that marijuana is the gateway drug. I had access to my entire
family smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol much earlier in life than
my first exposure to cannabis.
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol were the 1st and 2nd addictions in my life. Entry is where you place a gate, right?
Anyway, there are differing signs of use and abuse depending on the drugs used. However, some similarities exist and should be noted when they first begin:
Changes in behavior - secretive goings on, different group of friends, issues with anger, withholding information about activities and things of that nature.
Neglected appearance - decreased interest in keep up grooming, looks, wardrobe
Paraphernalia - there are accessories for most 'hobbies' and addictions, baggies, pipes, needles, little pieces of hardware, straws (or rolled up bills), a little stash box, etc.
Physical health issues - lack of motivation, energy, direction, stress, anxiety
Problems at home / school / work - missing time, disinterest, drop in performance.
Short on money - requests for money with odd explanations, withdrawals from bank accounts, etc.
Theft - money and items missing from your home to be sold or traded for drugs.
the most commonplace because our dad's, politicians, priests and leaders
cigarettes - nicotine use is finally on a decline, let's keep that momentum
cannabis - (Hashish, Marijuana)
club drugs - (Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol, or roofie), Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), Ketamine, MDMA)
depressants - Barbiturates and benzodiazepines - (Amytal, Ativan, Klonopin, Librium, Niravam, Phenobarbital, Seconal, Valium, Xanax)
inhalants - (Aerosol products, Cleaning fluids, Correction fluid, Felt tip markers, Gasoline, Glue, Paint thinner, Spray paint)
lsd - trippy times that leave lasting issues
opioids - Narcotics / Painkillers - (Codeine, Heroin, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone)
pcp - Angel dust is a very dangerous drug
stimulants - (Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Ritalin, etc)
synthetic drugs - Bath Salts / Spice
other addictions - it's easy to get addicted to many things
|When to seek
Anything you think might be a signal of an overdose
At risk behavior - using drugs or alcohol while operating machinery, driving, sharing needles, unprotected sex, etc.
Seizures or convulsions
Signs of possible heart attack - chest pain or pressure
Unexplainable reactions to the drugs
You can't stop using drugs
Some thoughts on addiction
|Addicts consider things in control even
though sober, rational people around them see many problems very clearly.
Never be aggressive with an addict, you'll likely only push them away.
Remember, as much as you love this person, you can't change for them. You can't force them to change. You can't make them feel what you feel or see what you see.
The best we can do to support an addict is love them. Gently and patiently make them aware and remind them of the issues that are a problem due to their use / abuse.
Feel free to take courses aimed at addicts to help you understand the issues the addict is facing and better ways to deal with your addict.
Noticing the symptoms of drug addiction is useful - especially if you are the addict in question. At the end of the day, a person really needs to want to quit. You'd be surprised how many times an addict can hit "bottom" without rebounding toward sobriety.
And sadly, many addicts never take the opportunity to rebound and expire way too soon and tragically.
May this site be of some help to you. May you be blessed with focus and strength in abundance.
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