DRUG ABUSE & ADDICTION
The disease of addiction doesn’t discriminate. Anybody can fall into drug abuse and addiction. Regardless of your age, job, background, or sexual orientation, drug addiction is a real issue that might affect you. It might already be affecting someone you love. For many, drug abuse and addiction ends in one of two outcomes-- overdose, or recovery. The good news is that we’re here to give you the help you need. Recovery Unplugged offers a full range of treatment services to treat drug abuse and addiction. You don’t have to fight this battle alone anymore.
DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION
You hear about it almost daily in the news. People have written countless books on drug abuse and addiction. There have been debates about how to treat drug abuse and those suffering from addiction in the criminal justice system. This is a disease that knows know bounds.
Drug abuse and addiction is a serious public health issue that impacts the entire population. Everyone, from adolescents to senior citizens, has been touched in some way by this disease. Last year, the opioid epidemic alone killed over 72,000 Americans, and will likely take even more lives. If drug addiction has touched someone you care about, you’ve seen how it impacts health, relationships, and quality of life. These struggles have exploded across the United States, creating a crisis that has raised healthcare costs while increasing crime. Communities across the country have been hurt by the disease of drug addiction. The truth is, a lot of work needs to be done to repair and reverse this damage.
So how do we get back? The path to recovery from drug abuse and addiction varies greatly from person to person. However, this path always begins with good treatment. With the power of music and compassionate counselors, we’re ready to help you with that first step. At Recovery Unplugged, we use music to help you or your loved one overcome drug addiction and rebuild your life. Don’t let yourself become another statistic or face on the evening news. We’re here to get you the drug abuse treatment you need.
There’s a fine line between substance abuse and addiction. More often than not, drug abuse will eventually become dependency and addiction. While people may argue that drug abuse is a choice, that isn’t the case. Long-term drug abuse changes the chemistry of the brain, making users dependent on the chemicals it receives from them. What many might see as casual drug use usually grows into full-blown addiction. Before you or your loved one gets to the point of dependency, there are certain signs to keep an eye out for. While the signs of abuse and addiction vary according to each user’s history, there are a few common red flags:Appearance and Physical Signs
- Sunken Eyes
- Extreme Changes in Weight
- Breakouts and Other Skin Issues
- Decline in Person Hygiene
- Dental Issues
- Decline in School or Work Performance
- Legal Issues Associated with Drug Use
- Extreme Changes in Mood
- Deception and Rationalization Regarding Drug Use
- Depression, Anxiety and Other Mental Health Issues
Symptoms will vary, depending on the type and duration of the drug use. A person struggling with cocaine addiction will not have the same signs as a person struggling with heroin or opioids. However, extreme changes in habits or lifestyle are often indicators of a problem. If you or someone you care about is experiencing these or any other symptoms, don’t stay quiet. Get the help you need today to start living life clean and sober.
There will always be people who argue that drug addiction is a choice. Many of those same people don’t realize that drugs take their toll on the user. Drug abuse turns into addiction the moment users experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can make it impossible for them to quit on their own.
You can’t simply drop drugs once you’re addicted-- the body becomes dependent on them to give it certain chemicals. This means that the brain and body are now relying on the drug abuse to function properly. Often they will react intensely when the drugs are gone. This chemical damage can be irreversible, and is one of the reasons why drug addiction is a serious disease. Withdrawal symptoms can vary widely depending on the drug being abused. While these symptoms will be different for each patient, some of the more common symptoms include:
- Flu-like Symptoms
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Intestinal Problems
- Acute Sensitivity to Pain
- Anxiety or Depression
- Sleep Disorder
- Headache and Migraine
Withdrawals can be taxing. You’ve probably seen them depicted in shows, on the news, or in pictures. It is the unfortunate outcome of long-term drug addiction and dependency. Users experiencing withdrawal symptoms related to their drug abuse should seek help immediately at a treatment center. Don’t let your condition get any worse. You don’t want to be another overdose on the news. Contact us today.