Drug Addiction Vs. Drug Abuse
Substance abuse is a major problem among adolescents and adults in America, and is one of the major problems leading to divorce and crime. It can lead to drug addiction and chemical dependence. Many people ask us about the differences between substance abuse and drug addiction and the most common symptoms of both problems.
What are Common Symptoms of Drug Addiction?
- You feel that you need the drug to deal with an existing problem
- You have given up on many of your favorite hobbies or activities
- You are losing friends or are having problems with associates at work or school
- You have frequent absences at school or at work
- You find yourself doing things you haven't done in the past such as stealing or constantly borrowing money from family or friends
- You have sudden and more frequent outbursts of anger
- You have frequent bouts of depression or anxiety
- You don't spend any time with your old friends and now associate with other users
- You constantly disappear for short periods of time to use your drug of choice
- You need to use more and more of your drug of choice to achieve the same result
- You feel exhausted, suicidal and constantly depressed
What are Common Symptoms of Substance Abuse?
- You never know when you will use your drug of choice
- Your physical appearance is deteriorating
- After an argument you use your drug to relieve your feelings of discomfort
- You avoid family or friends to get high
- You have difficulty sleeping
- You start feeling like you have a problem
- You feel depressed and tired most of the time
- You keep saying to yourself that you won't use your drug of choice again
- You lie about how much you are using drugs or alcohol
How is Substance Abuse Different from Drug Addiction?
Substance abuse differs from drug addiction in that drug addiction is more of a compulsion and an active seeking to use a substance, regardless of any negative consequences. Addiction always involves a lack of control and a lack of ability to take personal responsibility. Constant abuse of certain drugs or alcohol can lead to addiction. An effective drug rehab can greatly reduce this type of abuse and effectively stave the addiction.
Alcohol is the most abused drug and has been called the "dirtiest" because it affects so many portions of the brain, unlike other drugs. Alcohol is typically used as a "pick me up", and interestingly is actually a depressant. Because of its "dirty" reputation, alcoholism frequent requires detox and professional alcohol treatment.
Alcoholism has been recognized as a disease since 1956 by the American Medical Association. Similarly, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders classifies chronic drug abuse and addition as a disease. The early detection of drug abuse, the precursor to addiction, should be the first step in reducing this dreaded disease.
How Can We Help?
At Cirque Lodge, we provide exclusive and personalized drug treatment in a caring, private and compassionate environment. Treatment is available to assist families and businesses as they strive to help their loved ones and valuable employees. Treatment can become a life saving measure. For more information please visit our supplemental reading pages. Hope is just a phone call away. Call us today at 1-800-582-0709.