Addiction is a compulsive dependency on drugs, whether legal or illegal, alcohol, or even certain behaviors. Addiction is defined by an increased tolerance to the drug and the presence of withdrawal symptoms if the substance is not taken. Some behavioral addictions are also considered substance use disorders.
Similar to mental health disorders, substance use disorders (SUDs) affect not only the person who is abusing drugs or alcohol, but also family members, loved ones, and friends. Drug addiction treatment at Our Solutions emphasizes an evidence-based approach that explores the underlying issues that act as a catalyst for substance use disorders. Relapse prevention tools are taught throughout the program so clients leave with the coping skills necessary to be able to handle problems as they arise without leaning on drugs.
Our Solutions offers addiction treatment programs for a wide range of drug addictions, including heroin/opiates, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Call us today to get started on the road to recovery.
Signs of Drug Addiction
There are definitive signs of drug addiction. Symptoms of dependence or withdrawal are red flags, as these are the two defining aspects of a SUD. Here are five questions you can ask yourself to find out if you are addicted to drugs:
- Do you need to use more drugs to get high, and experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use drugs?
- Do you use drugs even if your use has resulted in negative health, professional, or social consequences?
- Do you hide your use, or feel guilty using?
- Have you had memory loss, blackouts, or engaged in other risky behavior while seeking or using drugs?
- Have you lost interest in other things, like hobbies or relationships, outside of your drug use?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or recognize any of these signs of a substance use disorder, you have come to the right place. Seeking help for drug addiction can be scary, but Our Solutions’ experienced, caring staff is here to help.
Effects of Drug Addiction
Substance use disorders can have a variety of effects, ranging from health problems, legal problems, or failing to meet important responsibilities at work, school, or home. Because addiction is often a “family disease,” relationships with family members and friends can be negatively affected.
Withdrawal symptoms can occur almost immediately after you stop using drugs. Most drugs cause some form of increased heart rate or blood pressure, sweating, and tremors. Sometimes there are more serious symptoms, including confusion, seizures, and hallucinations. Some of these can be fatal if not properly treated.
All drug and alcohol abuse can lead to health problems. Tobacco use does damage to nearly every organ in the body. Using cannabis can harm the respiratory system, impact memory function, and expose people to cancer-causing compounds. Heroin abuse can cause long-term imbalances in neuronal and hormonal systems, while cocaine and methamphetamine can do both short- and long-term damage to the cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal systems.
When to Seek Treatment for Drug Addiction
If you think you or a family member is suffering from drug addiction and is showing signs and effects of a substance use disorder, it is time to contact Our Solutions about our substance abuse treatment program. All communications are confidential.