Posted on February 24, 2015 by Laura Fuller
Drug abuse, more commonly referred to as drug misuse or a drug use disorder, is diagnosed based on evidence of impaired control, social dysfunction, risky use, and pharmacological criteria. These disorders require quality treatment provided by expertly trained addiction specialists. At Origins, we provide superior, compassionate care to those hoping to recover.
There is a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms that can indicate a substance use disorder. These will vary depending upon the specific drug, whether or not other drugs (including alcohol) are also being used. Underlying medical or mental health issues and how long the person has been using must also be considered.
There are numerous signs and symptoms that can help family members to recognize the need for treatment. These include:
Whether or not an individual’s use of drugs and alcohol is defined as abuse, misuse, dependence, or addiction, if the person is unable to stop drinking and getting high without support, treatment is highly recommended. A wide array of medical co-morbidities, including co-occurring mental health disorders, are common among those with substance addictions.
Though some people can safely use alcohol and even experiment with certain drugs recreationally without developing an addiction, others cannot. An estimated one in 10 Americans aged 12 and older is living with a drug or alcohol problem, according to the Surgeon General’s Report. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also notes that the number of Americans living with an addiction adds up to about 20.6 million people, yet report that only about 11% of that number get the addiction treatment they need to heal. Drug addiction can impact people of all genders, in all age groups, and from all walks of life.
Research and medical technology have shown that addiction is a disease. This powerful illness affects the brain, body, and your behaviors. A number of factors, including genetics, physiology, and environment can contribute to the development of addiction. Contrary to popular belief and social stigma, addiction is not a behavioral problem brought on by a lack of willpower or a habit. Addiction is not caused by a bad home life. It is not caused by stress. It is not caused by running with the “wrong crowd”. Addiction is an illness.
Here are the facts:
Drug misuse can involve a range of substances, both legal and illegal. Some commonly misused drugs include the following:
An effective treatment program will offer the patient everything necessary to progress from active drug and alcohol use to a stable life in recovery. Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Every individual with addiction is different, and treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Individualized treatment plans are vital to success. Effective treatment addresses all of the patient’s needs, not just his or her drug use. This includes addressing the medical, clinical, psychological, and spiritual components of wellness.
The following key principles should form the basis of any effective treatment program:
If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of addiction, please contact us at any time to receive more information: 844-843-8935.
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