Recognizing Substance Abuse
The aspects of substance abuse can be tricky because it can hijack arguably the most important organ in your body – your brain. When your brain has been hijack it becomes chemical altered and sound and rationale decision-making and bodily control is out the door. You may very well know you’re an addict but cannot come to full terms with it or you don’t feel like your substance use is a problem. Additional aspects of substance abuse include some serious mood and physical changes or reactions that are going to bring your addiction to light. Have you tried quitting, only to experience extreme sickness? Or has your boss pulled you to the side to ask if everything’s okay? Are you always fighting with family and friends over your behaviors and associates?
Here are 10 symptoms of substance abuse that might help you figure it out.
You’re neglecting your responsibilities at school, work, or home because of your drug use.
You’re using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex.
Your drug use is getting you into legal trouble, such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support a drug habit.
Your drug use is causing problems in your relationships, such as fights with your partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.
You’ve built up a drug tolerance. You need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects you used to attain with smaller amounts.
You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
You’ve lost control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
Your life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.
You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in your life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.
In addition to these 10 signs of substance abuse you should also be aware of the risk factors associated with addiction to see if you’re more at risk than others. Risk factors of addiction include:
Family history of addiction
Lack of nurturing parents and ineffective parenting
Depression and Anxiety
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of substance abuse and want more information on the aspects of substance abuse, then we can help. Please contact FHE Health at 844-299-0618.