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Drug Abuse

There is nothing more terrifying than having your worst nightmare become a horribly vivid reality.
Often deemed the worst experience on Earth, tackling drug abuse is by no means easy. The first step involves recognizing the signs of dependency on drugs that are being exhibited by the person in question. According to several sources at www.cdc.gov, the number of drug users have increased dramatically over the past few years, and substance abuse has assumed the dubious status of being a highly destructive habit, almost seeming to be an epidemic of sorts.
If you suspect a loved one, a friend, a neighbor or even a casual acquaintance of indulging in drug or alcohol abuse, make sure to look out for these tell-tale signs of alcohol and drug dependence.

The signs of substance abuse are:
1: Loss of interest in the activities that were previously deemed fun, is one of the sure signs that something is not quite right with your family member or friend. Most times, drug addicts and alcohols will prefer to abstain from meeting close acquaintances, for fear that their addiction will come to light. Such people will prefer to live the life of a recluse, rarely mingling with anyone in the family, or even with the usual set of friends.

2: Another sign of drug dependency is the introduction of an entirely new set of “friends”. Make no mistake, these are the people the addict would never have had the misfortune to meet before, let alone make friends with. Polite enquiries as to the need for making friends with such unsavory characters will often bring about tantrums that may border on violence.

3: Mood swings are often a definite sign of drug abuse. Sometimes, its quite easy to observe the euphoria that comes with ingesting the drug, or sense the all pervading gloom that fills the air when the effects of the drug have worn off, leaving the addict more morose than before.

4: Withdrawal symptoms are, by far, the worst sign of dependency. Even minor addicts, like glue-sniffing, will bring about the onset of withdrawal symptoms, the severity of which will depend on the type, scale and duration of the addiction. An addict will display several tell tale signs of withdrawal, like anxiety, depression, fatigue, nausea, short-temperedness, shivers and so on. This usually happens when the addict either makes a conscious decision to stop his addiction, or when the substance has not ingested for a while, due to a number of reasons like unavailability of the drugs or cash, etc.

5: Be aware, there are times the addict himself may be unaware of the addiction. This usually happens in the case of dependency on medicinal drugs. The most common one under this will be the famed “cough-medication” dependency.

Once you have enough proof of the addict’s dependency, it’s time to confront the problem. Never think rehabilitation is a simple process. It is going to be a long and rocky road, that will require a lot of time to journey.

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