Signs and Symptoms of Drug Dependence to Look Out For

by | Jul 20, 2023 | About Life, Crime Fiction, Death | 0 comments

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There are different signs and symptoms of drug dependence because each substance produces a different effect on the mind and body. 

There are different types of harmful drugs and various symptoms of drug dependence. Various medicines can cause multiple side effects on a person’s physical and mental state. A drug is a substance that changes the body’s functioning, and if it is labeled ‘illegal,’ it means it is prohibited by law. Various illegal drugs have diverse impacts on individuals, influenced by numerous factors, rendering them unpredictable and hazardous, particularly for the youth.

Drug dependence, also known as substance dependence or addiction, is a severe condition when an individual becomes physically and psychologically reliant on a drug. The signs and symptoms of drug dependence can vary depending on the drug used, the individual’s tolerance level, and overall health. It is essential to recognize these signs early to seek appropriate help and intervention.

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“July in August” is a gripping mystery centered around twelve-year-old July, struggling to survive in a harsh environment with her opioid-addicted mother and toddler brother, Abe. With no father around, July faces the difficult choice of attending school or safeguarding Abe. The small New Hampshire town of Maplewood, plagued by drug addicts, sets the stage for July’s tumultuous upbringing. An empathetic neighbor, Mrs. Mary White, intervenes and takes the kids to a distant lake house. When Roger, Abe’s father, comes looking for them, he stumbles upon the lifeless body of July’s mother, setting off a search for the culprit behind the tragedy. This touching book shows how drug addiction harms families.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Drug Dependence

Cravings

An overwhelming desire or compulsion to use the drug regularly is a hallmark of drug dependence. Individuals may find it challenging to control or resist these cravings, leading to frequent drug use.

Increased Tolerance

Over time, the body adapts to the drug’s effects, requiring more significant amounts to achieve the same desired effect. Increased tolerance can be a warning sign of drug dependence.

Withdrawal Symptoms

When drug use is reduced or stopped abruptly, withdrawal symptoms may occur. These symptoms can range from moderate to severe and may include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, tremors, sweating, insomnia, and sometimes life-threatening seizures.

Neglecting Responsibilities

Individuals struggling with drug dependence often prioritize drug use over their work, school, or home responsibilities. This neglect can lead to problems in various areas of their life.

Loss of Interest

Drug-dependent individuals may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Their focus becomes primarily centered around obtaining and using the drug.

Social Withdrawal

Drug dependence can lead to social isolation as individuals may avoid friends and family members who do not support or engage in drug use.

Continued Use Despite Consequences

Even when drug use leads to negative consequences such as legal issues, financial problems, or deteriorating health, those with drug dependence find it challenging to stop using.

Physical Changes

Some drugs may cause physical changes in appearance, such as bloodshot eyes, unexplained weight loss, or poor hygiene.

Mood Swings

Drug dependence can lead to frequent mood swings, including irritability, agitation, anxiety, and depression.

Engaging in Risky Behaviors

Individuals with drug dependence may participate in reckless behaviors, such as driving intoxicated or engaging in unprotected sex.

Secretive Behavior

Drug-dependent individuals may become secretive about their activities, leading to increased lying or deception.

Financial Problems

The cost of maintaining drug use can lead to financial strain and may result in borrowing or stealing to fund their habit.

Legal Issues

Drug dependence can lead to involvement in illegal activities and potential legal troubles.

Drug dependence requires professional help so that a person under the influence of illegal drugs can quickly recover. Having a loved one dependent on drugs is hard for the family to accept, but they still need support and encouragement to seek professional help. Families can conduct an intervention for a loved one that is going through an addiction. Interventions help a person struggling to feel that someone cares for them.

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