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What is Drug Abuse?

What is Drug Abuse?

Drug abuse is the consumption of drugs in a amount/method that is harmful.

Individuals who suffer from drug abuse have a intense desire to use a particular substance. They do so while excluding other activities.

Over 30 million Americans fall victim to drug abuse every year. It affects all ethnic groups and social classes.

Causes of Drug Abuse

Drugs affect everybody differently. Some people will be more prone to becoming alcoholics while others will have a addiction to cocaine.

There is not one route cause of drug abuse. However, there are circumstances that can influence it:

  • Genetics
  • Co-occurring conditions
  • Environment
  • Social pressures
  • Stress

While having issues in life suck. They are never an excuse for drug abuse.

If you are struggling with addiction as a result of one of the above factors, call addiction help today.

What Drugs Are Abused?

There are hundreds of drugs that Americans abuse each day. From Marijuana to prescription drugs the abuse rates are staggering.

While any drug can abused, we will highlight the most commonly abused drugs in order:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Marijuana
  3. Pain Relievers
  4. Cocaine
  5. Depressants
  6. Heroin
  7. Hallucinogens
  8. Inhalants

Over 50% of people who have a problem with substance abuse struggle with alcohol. Half of the people in residential rehab facilities are there because of alcohol abuse.

Symptoms of Drug Abuse

Most people lack the necessary self control to use drugs in moderation. As a result, drug use can turn from a recreational habit to a addiction very quickly.

Due to this, many people abuse drugs and will suffer the following physical symptoms:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Sever weight changes
  • Bruises or infections at the abuse site
  • Bloodshot eyes

Since these symptoms are common with other medical issues, it is important to be aware of behavioral symptoms.

Examples of the behavioral symptoms associated with drug abuse are:

  • Changes in attitude
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Financial problems
  • Trouble with the law
  • An increase in aggression
  • Sudden changes in social circles

How to Get Help For Drug Abuse

The first step in getting help is to admit you have a problem. If you are in denial, drug abuse can become life threatening.

It is important to get treatment for drug abuse ASAP.

Here are the treatment options:

  • Inpatient/residential rehab
  • Sober-living facilities
  • Outpatient rehab
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Therapeutic communities
  • Support Groups
  • Individual treatment

Every person’s drug addiction is different, so everyone requires a unique style of treatment.

Since there so many options, it is hard to know when one is right for you. Call for a free consultation right now. Our experts are standing by for a confidential analysis to provide you with the treatment that is right for you.

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