It is important that we are able to see the signs and symptoms of drug abuse with the people that are very close to us so that we can immediately help them before their situation gets worse.
There are many signs that indicate drug abuse; it can be both physical and behavioral. In addition, there are signs and symptoms that can be specific depending on the drug that a person uses. However, there are general indications that can recognize if a person is abusing drugs:
- Sudden change in behavior, where a person suddenly gets into legal trouble like getting arrested for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support a drug habit.
- Mood swings: a person can be happy and bright and then suddenly change into being irritable and grumpy.
- Having problems in relationships, including withdrawal and fights with family members or partner, an unhappy boss due to work performance, or the loss of old friends.
- The person is becoming more careless or taking a very dangerous risk and making poor decisions, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles to take drugs, or having unprotected sex.
- Careless about personal grooming like not taking a bath, brushing their teeth, changing into clean clothes, or simply brushing their hair.
- Neglecting responsibilities at school, work, or home. The person may be flunking classes, skipping work, or neglecting his/her children and partner.
- Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and other favorite activities.
- Change of sleeping pattern, where the person is awake during night time and sleeps during the day. In addition, he/she may have increase or decrease in sleep.
- The person is seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor, giving excuses that he/she lose the prescriptions, and taking higher doses of the prescribed drugs.
- The most common physical symptoms are red or glassy eyes and sniffy or a runny nose. Plus, he/she appears to be high, unusually energetic or revved up or sedated.
Choosing the Right Recovery Program
Whether it is you or someone who is experiencing addiction, acknowledging the need for help is the first step in recovery. Thus, it is important to know how to choose the right recovery program. It can be a bit difficult, but if you are dedicated to recovering from your addiction or help someone, then analyzing several factors is really needed and very beneficial.
The first thing to consider is the price. Search for an addiction program that is covered by an insurance policy because some of it is not covered by any. If the program is not covered by the patient’s insurance, then it will have to be paid out of their pockets. Some the programs can be expensive, thus you have to check it out with your insurance.
Second is the location. It is important to consider the distance between the recovery center and the place where the patient lives. The answer depends on the case of the patient. For some people, a nearby recovery center can be good due to the proximity of the family and other support systems. While for others, nearby recovery center can be a bad choice when some factors within the environment contributed to the person’s addictions.
There are different kinds of addiction, and from these addictions, it can be developed in several ways. Even if people have the same addiction, it can be a result of varying factors. Thus, choosing the right program for the person suffering addiction is very important. There are several programs with different approach available to accommodate every need of individuals. If you choose a certain program and it was not helping the patient, then you should consult with the doctor and other professionals and choose another one.
Duration of the program is another thing that should be considered. You have to make sure to learn about the length of the typical residency and the plans for discharge in your prospective recovery centers. These factors play a critical role in determining the likelihood of relapse in the critical days and weeks following the release of the patient from the program.
Another essential element in maintaining long-term positive outcomes for recovering addicts is the social support available during and after the initial rehabilitation process. The rehabilitation program should also concentrate on the effort to form sponsorship relationships and develop a community of support around the individual in recovery.