Definition of Drug Abuse
Drug abuse is defined as the misuse of the drug or substance according the culturally acceptable standard. It is simply an abuse usage of substance which may involve excessive and habitual use in order to attain a certain effect.
Definition Drug Addiction
Drug addiction is defined as a disorder wherein the drug user’s behavior is being strongly influenced and dominated by the drug. It is a condition of recurring intoxication that happens when there is constant consumption of drug.
Symptoms and Signs of Drug Abuse
Some of the most common symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse are those that affect the body’s inner workings. For example, your body’s tolerance to a drug occurs when a drug is abused for long enough that increased quantities or strengths are required to achieve the previous effects. This desire for a more intense high, achieved through these means, is extremely dangerous and can easily lead to overdose. Changes in appearance can be additional clues to possible drug use and may include:
- Bloodshot or glazed eyes;
- Dilated or constricted pupils;
- Abrupt weight changes;
- Bruises, infections, or other physical signs at the drug’s entrance site on the body;
- Increased aggression or irritability;
- Changes in attitude/personality;
- Sudden changes in a social network;
- Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities;
- Financial problems;
- Involvement in criminal activity.
Our Treatments of Drug or Alcohol Abuse
- Drug Detoxification
This is the first step and is usually done immediately after one stops consumption of alcohol. As mentioned before, alcohol like other drugs too comes with withdrawal symptoms like hallucinations, seizures, delirium, and body pain. If untreated, it may lead to death as well depending upon the severity of the situation. This must be administered by professionals, preferably doctors.
- Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs
Inpatient or outpatient drug rehab is most important part of the 12 steps of drug recovery process, where the patients actually learn to overcome their addiction. This step involves counseling and medication which can help the person get over alcoholism. It also teaches the person to get through life and the hardships it has to offer without the help of alcohol.
- Maintaining Sobriety
If you are living with an alcoholic you’d maintain your sobriety, there’s no point in getting past the first two steps either. That’s the whole point of it all. Once the first two steps have been completed, one is ready to meet the challenges that real life has to offer.
- Cognitive-behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps individuals recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which they are most likely to use drugs
- Intense Family Therapy
Our intense family therapy developed for adolescents with drug abuse problems as well as their families which addresses a range of influences on their drug abuse patterns and is designed to improve overall family functioning