Signs of Drug Addiction and 6 Helpful Tips

People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Some do it out of curiosity or to have a good time, stress, anxiety, or depression. Drug abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or the frequency, but more about the consequence of drug use. No matter how often or how little you’re consuming, if your drug use is causing problems in your personal relationships, at home, work etc, you’re likely to have to have a drug abuse or addiction problem.

Common signs and symptoms of drug abuse:

  • You’re neglecting responsibilities at work at home, due to drug consumption.
  • Your taking high risks or using drugs under dangerous conditions, such as taking drugs whilst driving, or using a dirty needle
  • Your drug use is getting you into illegal problems such as arrest for disorderly behaviour or driving under the influence.

Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction:

  • You need to use more drugs to experience the same affects you used to attain with smaller amounts.
  • If you go too long without drugs you start to experience symptoms such as nausea, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking and anxiety.
  • You use drugs more than planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using but feel powerless.
  • You continue to use drugs even though you know that it is bad for you.

Recognising that you have a drug problem is the first step on the road to recovery. You need to be willing to seek help and want to recover.

Tips on how to recover from drug addiction:

  • Firstly you need to be willing to get help for recovery. It must be something that you desire to do.
  • Educate yourself about the addiction of drugs and what it does to your body. It helps to know about the recovery process as well as the damage it causes to the body.
  • Cross addiction can take place so be very mindful of taking any other forms of drugs for example drugs to overcome flu, as you can become addicted to them too.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people who are willing to help you recover. You need all the support you can get during recovery.
  • Formulate a relapse prevention plan. In order to recover more quickly, write down all the triggers that make you relapse during your treatment. By knowing the triggers it can help you avoid them in the future.
  • Don’t beat yourself up about the mistakes you have made. You need a positive overview and atmosphere. So find ways of being optimistic and positive.

There you have some tips that can help you recover from drug abuse and addiction. The first thing must be for you to be willing to make the change yourself; otherwise others helping you won’t make a difference as you will not want treatment or their help. Instead you will be isolating yourself into a darker hole.

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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