Here are some of the most frequent questions we are aseked about drug and alcohol addiction. Feel free to reach out to our team for more information and educational resources.
What is drug addiction?
Drug addiction is when a person uses a drug to an extent that it causes negative interference with their personal and professional life as well as has negative consequences for their mental and physical health. Symptoms of drug addiction include constant cravings for the substance and an inability to function or feel normal without it, whether physically or psychologically. There is a spectrum of drug addiction, but at any level, it is important to get help before it spins out of control.
Can you be an “alcoholic” if you only drink occasionally?
Not all alcoholics drink every day, or even on a regular basis. Alcoholism is defined as what happens when you do drink. If drinking causes problems at home or work or is diminishing your ability to remain mentally or physically healthy, it might be time to seek help.
What are some ways to identify if someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
There are several warning signs of intoxication, with some of the most common being:
- Bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
- Erratic gait
- Slurred speech
- Decreased motor skills
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Drastic weight loss or weight gain
- Overall sense of apathy or interest in activities
- Frequent lying or avoiding personal relationships
Is the person’s life being negatively influenced by their drug or alochol use? Answering that basic question is an initial indicator that you or someone you know may have a problem with substance dependancy.
What is withdrawal?
Withdrawal is characterized as a variety of symptoms that occur after someone abruptly ends their usage of a particular drug. In general, these symptoms occur because the body has become physiologically dependent on the substance and reacts to the sudden loss of their effects. While withdrawal symptoms vary from substance to substance and person to person, some of the most common ones are:
- Shaking or tremors
- Frequent aches and pains
- Irritability and anxiety
- Hot and cold flashes
- Inability to concentrate
How is withdrawal treated?
Treatment for withdrawal depends on the substance, but it may be treated by slowly weaning off of the drug. It can also be treated through the use of other drugs and natural remedies such as nutrient replacement. It should be noted that treatment for withdrawal is not the same as treatment for addiction.
How can I help someone who is suffering from addiction?
We’ve all heard the common phrase that “You can only help someone who wants to be helped.” That’s why the best attempt to help someone who may be under the influence needs to start by communicating with them. Though people that abuse drugs and alcohol may not always be honest about their habits, it’s important to attempt an honest conversation with anyone who may be suffering from addiction. Only then can you offer support and lead them to the right resources for recovery.
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