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Drug addiction

Drug addiction is dependence on drugs or medication.

When a person becomes addicted, they may not be able to control their drug use and may continue to use the substance regardless of the harm it causes.

It is possible for a person to stop using, but in most cases addicts believe they cannot do it on their own.

Most people start using drugs accidentally and eventually become addicted.

Physical dependence on drugs can lead to serious long-term consequences such as problems with mental and physical health, in relationships with other people, with work and with the law.

What are the symptoms of drug addiction?

Most addictions begin with casual or social drug use. For some of the people, the use of the substance becomes a habit, and its use becomes more and more frequent.

Over time, the addict begins to need increasing doses of the drug.

And soon after, the sufferer will need a dose just to feel good. As use increases, the addict finds it harder and harder to get off the substance.

And stopping use can cause a strong physical need for the substance, which makes the addict feel bad, that is, develop withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of drug addiction are:

• A feeling that the drug needs to be used regularly, this desire can be suppressed with a single daily dose or several may be needed;

• Failure to stop using the substance;

• A sense of security when the supply of the drug is assured;

• Spending funds on the substance that the addict does not have;

• The addict does things that go against his principles to get the drug, for example he starts stealing;

• The affected person feels that they need the substance to cope with their problems;

• Driving or carrying out other risky activities under the influence of the drug;

• Focusing more and more time and effort on the supply and use of the medication;

Symptoms of drug abuse in teenagers

Problems at school – often addicted teenagers miss classes or don’t show up at all, sudden disinterest in school activities or a drop in grades, all of these signs can be indicators of drug use;< /p>

Health problems – lack of energy or motivation may be a sign of addiction to prohibited substances;

Neglect of appearance – teenagers are usually concerned about how they look. A lack of interest in clothing or grooming can be a warning sign of drug use.

• Changes in behavior – teenagers like to enjoy their privacy, but becoming overly embarrassed or irritated when a family member enters their room or refusing to notify their parents when asked by them country where they plan to go with friends can be a sign of addiction;

• Sudden increase in expenses – frequent requests for money without a reasonable explanation for its use can also be an indicator.

Family members may also find that money has started disappearing from their home.

Subsequently, items may start to disappear as they are sold and the proceeds used to supply the drug;

Signs of drug use and already established drug dependence:

• Weakening of memory;
• Enhancement of visual, auditory and taste perceptions;
• Increased blood pressure and accelerated heart rate;
• Red eyes;
• Difficulty concentrating ;
• Increased appetite;
• Slowed reaction time;
• Paranoid thinking;

When to seek medical help?

When the affected person or his relatives consider that he is not able to control the use of prohibited substances or their use causes him problems, which require specialized assistance.

The sooner such help is sought, the greater the chances of long-term recovery.

First you can start with a visit to your personal doctor or a consultation with a psychologist or psychiatrist.

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