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An Overview of Substance Abuse
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Signs & Symptoms of
Regardless of the socioeconomic status or your standing life, every person is vulnerable in the after-effects of substance use. There are many reasons someone will start using drugs or alcohol in the first place. Whether it’s pleasure or physical independence, continuous use will have negative side effects.
When you become a victim of substance abuse, there are certain telltale signs and symptoms that will indicate the problem. The symptoms can be classified into behavioral and physical, and addicts usually experience both at the same time when suffering from substance abuse.
When you’re abusing drugs or alcohol, several changes may become apparent in your appearance. These can include:
- Pitiable physical coordination
- Glazed or bloodshot eyes
- Uncommon body odors
- Abrupt changes in the weight
- Constricted or dilated pupils
- Sleeping too much or having difficulty finding sleep
- Unkempt appearance
It is easier to notice physical changes first since they can be more apparent than emotional or behavioral symptoms.
If you use drugs or alcohol long enough, your body begins to adapt and you build a tolerance. With an increased tolerance, your body will crave more and more drugs or alcohol. Over time, this will lead you to consume way more drugs or alcohol than you ever thought you needed.
With so much added pressure on your body, it starts to succumb bit by bit, with the changes mentioned above becoming obvious in your appearance. The drugs or alcohol may keep you in a consistent high state, numbing your senses so that you do not feel or become aware of the harmful side effects.
Aside from physical symptoms, substance abuse will cause behavioral symptoms as well. Continuous substance use will significantly alter your habits and behavior. Some substances are so powerful that they can impair your brain’s ability to think and focus clearly, and do permanent damage.
Some examples of behavioral and emotional symptoms of substance abuse include:
- Run-ins with the law
- Increased irritability and aggression
- Changes in personality and attitude
- Dramatic changes in priorities and habits
- No interest in family life
- Decrease in socializing
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Most people require medical care and professional help to be able to quit using substances and to recover completely. With commitment, dedication and perseverance, the long-term payoff of addiction treatments are:
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