Whilst drug use often begins as a recreational pastime and an individual makes a conscious choice to use drugs, the addictive properties of drugs quickly turn into a craving and constant need to remain high with the possible belief that they cannot have a good time without using them.
After continuous use, the body becomes less and less stimulated by the drug; the individual will then begin to use higher doses to obtain the same high. The compulsion to use becomes uncontrollable and can then start to interfere with an individual’s everyday life, affecting work, home life, relationships and health.
Most people do not understand how or why a person becomes addicted to drugs. They mistakenly view drug abusers as morally weak or they cannot understand why they cannot just stop taking them if it’s becoming a problem. The truth is that drug addiction is a complex disease; where at some point, whist using drugs, changes occur in the brain that causes the drug abuser to become drug dependent.
Despite harmful consequences to the drug abuser, once the change in the brain occurs, they find they are unable to stop or resist using even if they want to.
Drugs work by stimulating various parts of the body, including the brain producing short term effects like, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dizziness, tremors mood changes and paranoia. In high doses, the risk for far more dangerous effects increase like, potential heart attacks, strokes, respiratory failure and coma.
In the long term, drug abuse may lead to mental health and physical effects including paranoia, psychosis, immune deficiencies and organ damage.
If the body receives a level of drugs that it cannot tolerate, overdose will occur. Overdoses can occur in a single use of a drug, not only on someone who continuously uses. Common signs of a drug overdose are, losing consciousness, fever or sweating, breathing problems, abnormal pulse and change in skin colour.
Virtually any substances that can result in a euphoric high are open for abuse. Most people are aware of legal substances, like alcohol or illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine, but there are also many less know substances such as inhalants like household cleaners.
The following are types of drugs that are commonly abused and/or result in dependence:
With substance abuse there are prospective psychological problems including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia as well as other personality disorders.
Questions you can ask yourself to see if you have a drug addiction or drug problem?
If you find you answer YES to four or more of these questions, you may have an drug dependence.
Cortijo Care are here to help.
Treatment at Cortijo Care is set up to help anyone suffering from an drug dependency; Our 24 Hour Acute programme is there to help those suffering from withdrawals, giving a medically controlled detox programme; Our Rehabilitation programme then treats the psychological issues surrounding the addiction, enabling clients to learn how to cope with life without the need to use drugs, getting to the root of the whys and wherefores of the drug dependence and learning how to handle emotions and anxieties in a safe place. Please call us for a no obligation chat about how we can help you or your family member or friend.
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