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Handling a loved one that has problems with substance abuse is never an easy task. Trying to talk to them about it can be even more difficult as your loved one may be in denial about their problem or you may fear their reaction because of their problem. In all honesty, the vast majority of people who suffer with a substance abuse issue are in denial about their abusive ways. They don’t acknowledge that they have a problem because they feel as if they are in control of everything, even when they’re not.
Substance abuse is not limited to only abusing alcohol or only abusing narcotics. When it comes to substance abuse, things like age, socioeconomic background and religious affiliations are inconsequential. Anyone can be a victim to their addictions. Substance abuse is the over use of any substance that you can get addicted to and use, such as alcohol or narcotics, regardless of the consequences it has on your mental and physical health. Most substance abusers do not care about the effects it has on their interpersonal relationships and how it can affect their work or studies.
More often than not, the initial decision to partake in narcotic use stems either from curiosity or peer pressure. The problem, however, is that the initial high is extremely addictive for some. Initial curiosity turns into an insatiable desire to continue feeling that high regardless of the current circumstances one may be facing. Drug addiction can alter your brain’s processes which can lead to volatile or unusual behavior as well as affect their self-control and interfere with their ability to suppress their need to consume more drugs.
Every day, millions consume alcohol without any problems. They drink and enjoy themselves, but they are not dependent on alcohol. As with most substances, the more you consume alcohol, the higher your tolerance level rises and your body becomes dependent on it to function. When a person who has consumed excessive amounts of alcohol suddenly stops drinking or when they reduce the amount that they have been drinking, they undergo a stage known as withdrawal.
When the turning point is reached and your loved one decides to turn their life around, the hardest part will be the withdrawal symptoms that they will have to face. Everything comes at a price and for the countless times your loved one has indulged in various substances, their body will end up paying that price. More often than not, they won’t recognize the signs of withdrawal, which is why it is vital that they are checked into a rehabilitation center. Without trained medical staff on hand, they may suffer fatal injuries in order to ease their pain or they may relapse and continue with their substance abuse.
Due to the fact that withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on each person, the narcotic they use as well as the amount that they use, it is in their best interest to be in an environment surrounded by people who know exactly how to address your loved one’s withdrawal symptoms in a manner that will not put their life at risk.
A few common effects of withdrawal include anxiety, a higher tolerance for pain, insomnia and shakiness. While these symptoms are considered to be less severe there are other symptoms which require professional medical treatment due to their severity. These symptoms include hallucinations, depression (suicidal tendencies), poor nutrition and mental or physical illnesses such as organ or respiratory failure.
Common Side Effects of Substance Abuse
Common side effects of alcohol addiction and drug addiction on the body include weakened immune systems, various cardiovascular conditions, loss or increase of appetite. The excessive use of narcotics can affect or alter your brains receptors. This interferes with their ability to make logical decisions as the high they receive from using narcotics flood the system with dopamine; this is part of what makes drugs so addictive – everyone wants to be happy and drugs allow them to feel that happiness even if it’s false. Your loved one may also experience various volatile behaviors such as paranoia, hallucinations, impulsiveness, irrational aggression and a total loss of self-control.
Addiction is not curable. You will learn to manage your addictions and work towards a healthy balanced life free from narcotics and alcohol. At Connections Addiction Treatment Center, we place a priority on creating a holistic program tailored to your specific needs. We will do our utmost to ensure that you are able to accomplish and uphold sobriety. Remember that checking into a rehabilitation center today could save your life tomorrow; the longer you delay the inevitable, the worse your addiction will be. Don’t hesitate, make the right choice for you and your loved ones today.