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What is Substance Abuse or Drug Addiction?

Not everyone agrees on what counts as drug abuse.

Some people equate abuse with any use of illegal drugs – for instance, smoking pot or crack or injecting speed or heroin. Others talk about the misuse of illegal drugs- for instance, taking someone else’s tranquilizers to get mellow, or popping uppers to get through a long work day. Who is right?

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As a matter of fact, both sides are right. Using marijuana, cocaine or heroin counts as drug abuse by definition, since these substances are illegal. But purposely taking a legal medication for the wrong reason – to get high or stoned, rather than treat a medical condition – is considered drug abuse in most medical circles.

The most common forms of drug abuse in the United States are the overuse of alcohol and of tobacco. Alcohol and tobacco are drugs; dangerous drugs. In the words below, we will consider only the abuse of street drugs and prescription drugs.

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Although many prescription drugs can be abused, there are several classifications of medications that are commonly abused.

The three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused are:

1. Opioids, which are most often prescribed to treat pain;
2. Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders; and
3. Stimulants, which are prescribed to treat the sleep disorder narcolepsy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

How Common is Substance Abuse?

Abuse of illicit drugs has been increasing over the past three decades and is now widespread.

In the early 1960’s, less than 2 percent of Americans had ever experimented with an illegal drug. At present, more than one-third of the population has at least tried an illegal drug, and more than 6 percent are current users.

Overall, about 2 percent of Americans deliberately misuse mood-modifying prescription drugs such as stimulants and tranquilizers. Among young people aged 18-25 years and 26-34 years, the rates are higher.

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What Makes Substance Abuse a Problem Worth Addressing?

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In the United States, substance abuse is by far the most common cause of premature and preventive illness, disability and premature death. Drug abusers themselves are not the one ones who suffer – their families and friends are affected too. So are the people whom drug abusers may injure or kill while intoxicated, and the families of those victims. This is where a substance abuse intervention could save your family’s well-being.

Drug Abusers are At Risk from Drug Dependency

People who abuse drugs run the serious risk of becoming dependent on them – in other words, needing drugs just to get through an ordinary day. This can happen with prolonged use of any drug, including medical marijuana.

Individuals who have become dependent on drugs try to quit, but fail. They continue to use drugs even though they realize on some level that their habit is creating family problems, financial problems, social problems, work problems or psychological distress.

Certain drugs can be injected into the vein to give a greater kick. Among people who inject drugs, sharing needles is a common practice. It is a dangerous practice, however, because shared needles can spread AIDS and other deadly diseases like Hepatitis A, B and C. Even people who should know better share drug needles because this disease is so strong when they are in active addiction, all caution flies out the window.

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What are the Most Common Substances that are Abused?

The most common abused illicit drugs are:

A. Medical Marijuana, the most widely used street drug. Long-term use of pot can cause apathy and memory problems. It is commonly referred to as a gateway drug that for most recovering addicts, is the place where their addiction started as casual use.

B. Cocaine, a strong stimulant that is more addictive than heroin. The smoke able “crack” form is addictive instantly. Cocaine may cause sudden death from heart damage, seizure, or stroke, even in a healthy individual.

C. Speed, or methamphetamine – another powerful, addictive stimulant. At high dosages, speed can cause psychosis and brain damage.

D. Heroin, a strong narcotic pain killer. Heroin abusers usually inject the drug and often share needles; this can expose them to infection with the AIDS virus.

E. Hallucinogens such as LSD, mescaline and PCP. These perception-changing drugs are unpredictable. Even experienced users never know when they will have a terrifying “bad trip”.

F. Inhalants include solvents, aerosols and anaesthetics. Sniffing inhalants produces a cheap, short-lived high, but can cause permanent damage to the lungs and the brain.

G. Prescription Drugs. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are the sedatives (tranquilizers and sleeping pills). Used temporarily and under medical supervision, sedatives can relieve anxiety and promote sleep. When abused however, they can become habit-forming. At high doses, or in combination with alcohol, they may lead to unconsciousness or even death. Sedatives come in two major categories:

i. Barbiturates, including amobarbital (Amytal), secobarbital (Seconal) and pentobarbital (Nembutal).

ii. Benzodiazepines or “Benzos”, including diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), chlorazepate (Tranxene) and aprazolam (Xanax).

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What type of person becomes a substance abuser?

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Drug abuse cuts across lines of age, sex, neighborhood and socioeconomic backgrounds.

However, several factors may make a person especially vulnerable to drug abuse.

They are as follows:

A. Genetic factors. Some people may inherit a psychological predisposition to addiction. Studies have shown that a person’s family history can indicate an increased risk for alcohol abuse and need for a family intervention. A person with an alcoholic parent is two to four times more likely than others to develop an addiction to alcohol.

B. Emotional distress. A person who suffers from anxiety, depression, or feelings of worthlessness may take drugs as a means to escape. Physicians call this kind of drug abuse “self-medication “.

C. Psychiatric problems. People with a chronic, serious mental disorder have about a 29 percent incidence of substance abuse.

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How can I tell if a particular person is using drugs?

In the early stages, it is hard to tell. Drug abuse often begins socially, as a form of recreation, and dependency may develop insidiously. It may be time to think about hiring an intervention specialist from DIG. If you suspect that someone you care about may be abusing drugs, watch for any circumstantial evidence such as possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. Also, stay alert for other warning signs such as:

1. Significant, unexplained weight loss or weight gain

2. Agitation

3. Suspicion, paranoia

4. Chronic lying

5. Withdrawal from family & friends

6. Job problems or school problems

7. Financial difficulties

DIG is known as a trusted resource in the industry. We train hundreds of new interventionists each year and can arrange a professional service for your loved one to break through the denial. Call us today at 855-222-1101 for a life saving consultation.