Addictions We Treat
What is Substance Abuse?
Substance Abuse vs. Addiction
Signs of Substance Abuse
Is My Loved One an Addict?
The Estate Approach
Additional Information on Substance Abuse
Defining Drug Addiction
Drug addiction can affect anyone at any age. It doesn’t happen because of a lack of principles or willpower; drugs change the brain in a way that makes quitting extremely difficult on your own once addicted.
What’s more, ‘illicit drug use’ doesn’t just include cocaine, heroin or methamphetamines. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has found the most common type of illicit drug use is actually marijuana, followed by the misuse of prescription pain relievers.
Signs of Drug Addiction
• Health issues — Low energy, lack of motivation, weight loss or gain, frequent red eyes.
• Neglected appearance — Lack of interest in grooming and/or clothing.
• Behavior changes – Irrational behavior or mood swings, being secretive, increased conflicts with family and friends or sudden isolation.
• Money issues – Sudden requests for money without explanation or stealing money or other items.