In the beginning, signs of drug addiction are easily masked or explained away with excuses: “I’m tired,” or “I don’t feel well,” are common answers to curious questions about the new addictive behavior.
As the addiction progresses, however, warning signs become more obvious – if you know what to look for. If you notice a number of these symptoms in someone you love, it may be time to schedule an intervention through The Canyon.
#1: Cravings and Relapse
Increased anxiety, depression and difficulty concentrating are all side-effects of constant cravings for an addictive substance. Promises to give up using are quickly abandoned when the user realizes the drug makes it easier to deal with life’s problems. The theory that “I can quit anytime” is proven wrong when tested.
As the body adjusts to the drug and larger and larger doses are necessary in order to achieve the original high, changes in eating habits, weight and personality become noticeable. The user may still be making excuses for their tell-tale behavior, but once a pattern is identified it becomes impossible to hide.
#3: Risky Behavior
The high you get from using drugs makes you feel untouchable. Activities and situations you wouldn’t be a part of when sober don’t seem to be a big deal while under the influence. Possessing drug paraphernalia, stealing, sharing needles, having unprotected sex, and continuing to use when your job, education, and physical health are all in jeopardy add up to seriously dangerous scenarios.
#4: Effects on Memory and Motivation
The most important thing in the life of an addict is his or her drug of choice. Responsibilities are shunned, personal goals are ignored, and interest is lost in all other activities that don’t revolve around getting or using drugs. Because these things are no longer important, they are easily forgotten and the interest in fixing mistakes or moving forward in life are all but gone.
#5: Withdrawal Symptoms
Anytime the drug is absent, the withdrawal symptoms associated with detox begin to affect the user almost immediately. Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the drug being abused, but in general, addicts become restless, resentful and highly defensive during these periods. You may also observe: fatigue, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, chills, cramps, shakes, sweats, seizures and even psychotic behavior.
Treat Drug Addiction
Upon admission, each client is assessed by an internist, addictionologist and a psychiatrist, and then monitored throughout their stay in treatment.
The Canyon’s approach to healing for individuals is an equally balanced approach that addresses chemical dependency and mental health issues, provides individual and group therapy, promotes immersion in 12 step recovery work and self help support groups, and provides introduction to a variety of mindfulness and spiritual philosophies and practices to enhance personal spiritual connection and personal growth.
If you have any questions about the signs of drug addiction or suspect that your loved one may be suffering from addiction, call (310) 526-8770 now for a confidential assessment or to set up an appointment. Professional interventionists are also available to assist you in confronting the addict in your life and staging a drug rehab intervention.
Call The Canyon today.