A Comprehensive Guide To Spotting Substance Abuse

Most people have experimented with drugs and alcohol recreationally. But using it recreationally can easily turn into an addiction, and that’s where the problem begins.

We’ve all had an experience with substances; whether it’s on the TV or at a party, we’ve seen what substance abuse looks like. It may start out as fun, but anyone can get themselves addicted to a substance.

Addiction is not just a lack of control or willpower; it’s a disease that affects millions worldwide. It can be hard to miss when you don’t know the signs to look for, so here’s a few signs to help.

What Is Addiction?


Addiction first starts as casually and willingly taking a substance. These substances don’t have only to be illegal. They can range from abuse of cigarettes, weed, alcohol, and illegal drugs like cocaine.

Taking these substances affects your brain and can make you dependent on them. You develop a dependency because taking these substances releases dopamine in your brain, it makes you happy, and your brain realizes that you feel this way when you take these substances.

Because of the feeling you experience when using substances, it can be easy to turn to when you’re going through a rough time. Many people fall victim to substance abuse because they’re dealing with other mental health issues as well.

When Does It Become Addiction?


There is no hard and fast rule of time when the lines are crossed, and you become an addict. But many confuse addiction for the amount consumed or how often it’s done rather than the consequences.

You might hear from someone who is addicted that they don’t take that much or don’t do it often to be a problem. They can also be oblivious to the fact that their actions affect those around them when they’re high.

 Addiction becomes apparent when your family, work, and social lives suffer because of your abuse, and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to stop. Even when the consequences mean you’d be losing your job or your family.

Getting Help


It’s never too early or too late to get help, and the sooner you get help, the better it will be for your recovery. The road to recovery is a long and tough one that may have you turning back to substance abuse.

It’s not easy, but it is possible with the right support and your dedication. The effects getting clean has on your life will leave you happier than you were when you were reliant on a substance!

If you or a loved one suffer from addiction, open up about it and get the help you need! There’s no shame in asking for help because it’s not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength! 

Written By:
Dr Saadiqah Hajat

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