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Drug Abuse

Drug abuse, also called substance abuse or chemical abuse, is a disorder characterized by a destructive pattern of substance use that leads to unmanageability in one or more areas of life (i.e. relationships, work, school etc.) Estimates suggest drug abuse affects more than 7% of of the population at some point in their lives. Teens are increasingly engaging in prescription drug experimentation and abuse, particularly drugs classified as opiates (which are prescribed to relieve severe pain), and stimulants, which treat conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young people and adolescents.

Drug abuse is something that has devastated families generation after generation. When a family member is abusing drugs, future plans are shattered, relationships are broken and the entire family eventually ends up in turmoil.

There are actually a number of definitions that can describe what drug abuse really is. Most experts describe it as a state of taking performance enhancing drugs or psychoactive drugs in a fashion that it results in negative consequences for the user. They can be both prescribed substances and/or non-medical or non-therapeutic for the patient. The the most commonly abused drugs include barbiturates, cocaine, opium alkaloids (opiates), amphetamines, and benzodiazepines.

The definition of what drug abuse is can also be dependent on different perspectives: the law, medical, social, and public health. However, no matter how you look at it, it basically creates an impact on the neurochemical balance of the patient’s brain, which affects directly how he thinks, acts, and feels. A user can usually be emotionally troubled, and then turns to drugs to escape his problems. Drug abuse is like a way of self-medicating to recover from stress, loneliness, unhappy relationships, and poor self-esteem. If a drug addict does not receive immediate intervention, his constant reliance on drug use can eventually lead to abuse.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Recognizing the symptoms and signs related to drug addiction and abuse is one way that you can begin to seek treatment for yourself or for a loved one. These symptoms usually include a change in behavior and attitude, which eventually leads to other aspects like the person's financial and social issues. These can also lead to health problems that are related to the drugs that the person is using. Among the identifiable symptoms of drug abuse include anger, fatigue, anxiety, psychosis, difficulty in concentrating, lack of coordination, depression, agitation, reliance on drugs even if it is already destroying the patient’s career, or even if it is already getting in the way of work, education, and social life.

Intervention is needed

Drug use may provide a person with an immediate release from their emotional or physical pains, but it is usually not the best alternative to overcome problems. Often times, it can lead to more problems rather than relief—something that may not be obvious to the person who is abusing or addicted to drugs already. Therefore, it is important for them to get the right assistance and help in overcoming their problems with drug addiction and abuse.

More information and help

Read more about drug abuse along with more information on treatment facilities nearest you here in We understand that getting help for your drug problems can be difficult especially if you do not know where to start. To address that problem, our website is designed to provide you with easy to find and easy to understand information on drug addiction, abuse, treatment centers, and the types of treatment available. You can also find the resources that you need for finding more information about recovery and addiction. We also offer consultation services in our database of more than 8,000 rehabilitation centers across the nation.

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