How To Identify Drug Addiction


October 26, 2018

Are you concerned that you or a loved one may have Substance Abuse Disorder? Be aware of the indicators of drug addiction, the health effects, and other consequences for victims of drug abuse can help in overcoming drug addiction.

Drug addiction, or Substance Abuse Disorder is a disease. Drug addiction affects behavior and the brain, leading to loss of control over urges to use an illegal or legal drug. Drug addiction often begins with casual social or recreational use of addictive drugs. When the drug use increases in frequency, and then becomes habitual, the user is at risk of addiction. Continuing to use a drug, even though it is causing harm to oneself or to other people, is a strong indicator that it is time to seek professional help for overcoming drug addiction.

Drug Addiction Symptoms

Your risk of addiction and the how long it will take to start experiencing symptoms of addiction vary from one type of addictive drug to another. Drug addiction symptoms may include:

  • Having increasing difficulty going without using the drug.
  • Increasing the dosages in order to be able to feel high from the drug.
  • Buying the drug, even when you cannot financially afford it.
  • Behaving in uncharacteristic ways, such as stealing.
  • Putting yourself or other people at risk while you are high.
  • Excessive absenteeism from school or work, performance declining.
  • Unsuccessful efforts to stay free from using the drug
  • Persisting in using the drug, even after you’re aware that it is negatively impacting your life.
  • Diminishing sense of motivation, lost interest in socializing.
  • Preoccupation with acquiring, using and recovering from the effects of the drug.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drug.
  • Losing or gaining weight as a result of using the drug.
  • You keep taking the drug, although you are aware that it is harming you.
  • The drug use has resulted in needle sharing, unprotected sex, or other risky behavior.

Kinds of Addictive Drugs

General categories of addictive drugs include:

  • Cocaine, methamphetamines, and other stimulants
  • Morphine, oxycodone, heroin, codeine, methadone, and other opioids
  • Barbiturates, benzodiazepines and hypnotics
  • GHB, MDMA (ecstasy/molly), Ketamine, Rohypnol (roofie), and other club drugs.

When You Should See Your Doctor

Seeking medical help gives addicts a much stronger possibility of overcoming addiction. See your doctor, or call an addiction hotline, if you find that you are experiencing any of these problems.

Risk Factors for Drug Addiction

Everyone is at some amount of risk of drug addiction. But, the following risk factors can increase your risk for substance abuse disorder, and increase the rate at which the addiction develops:

  • Family history of drug addiction
  • Lack of involvement with family
  • Mental health disorder
  • Using a drug that is highly addictive
  • Starting with lighter drugs
  • Taking drugs at an early age
  • Genetic traits that can speed progress of addiction
  • Family attitudes about drug use
  • Exposure to significant peer pressure
  • Neurological changes in the brain, due to repeated drug use.

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