Tag: drug use

Five Categories of Drug Use

There are various levels of drug abuse and addiction problems. Attending a drug rehab recovery program can help end an escalating drug abuse program and successfully help a long-term addict achieve lasting sobriety. Drug use can be categorized into five main areas, with most drug users falling into the experimental and recreational categories.

  • Experimental use: when a person tries a drug once or twice out of curiosity. Novice users run the risk of a lack of tolerance to the drug, and of not knowing how they will react, as well as the risks that may be associated with the effects of the drug.
  • Recreational use: where a person chooses to use a drug for enjoyment, particularly to enhance a mood or social occasion.
  • Situational use: where a drug is used to cope with the demands of particular situations. For example, amphetamines have been used by long distance truck drivers to maintain alertness and by athletes to gain energy. People who experience bereavement are often prescribed benzodiazepines (minor tranquillizers) to cope with grief.
  • Intensive use: also known as “bingeing”, where a person consumes a heavy amount of drugs over a short period of time, or use is continuous over a number of days or weeks.
  • Dependent use: where a person becomes dependent on a drug after prolonged or heavy use over time. They feel a need to take the drug consistently in order to feel normal, or to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Dependence can be psychological, physical, or both.

The Narconon Fresh Start drug and alcohol rehabilitation program can help addicted individuals achieve sobriety no matter how severe or long-term their addiction problem. With locations throughout the western United States, you can connect with one of our treatment centers and end your downward spiral of drug abuse and addiction.

Do you know the signs of drug use?

As a parent or loved one, it can be easy to write off the warning signs of drug or alcohol use. Often, we see what we want to see and make excuses for the rest. Doing this is not going to help the person in question if there really is a drug use problem taking place. While not every young person or adult who uses drugs or alcohol is going to develop a problem, many will. The best way to prevent a drug or alcohol abuse problem from developing is by stopping the use in the early stages of experimentation.

The warning signs of drug use are both physical and behavioral. While each drug has its own unique manifestations of use, there are some general indications that a person is using drugs.

The general signs of drug use include:

  • Careless about personal grooming
  • Changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeps during the day
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and other favorite activities
  • Mood swings; irritable and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright
  • Red or glassy eyes
  • Sniffy or runny nose
  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Withdrawal from family members

While showing some of these signs is not a guaranteed indicator of drug use, it is likely that there is some issue going on in the person’s life. Take the time to speak with your child or love one about their indicators and find out if drug use is the issue or if there is a different underlying problem that you can help them address.

My Drug Using Days Are Long Behind Me

With over a decade of sobriety thanks to Narconon Fresh Start I know that my drug
abusing past is far behind me. I wake each morning knowing that I am in control
of my day, my life and most importantly, myself. Because of the drug
rehabilitation I received while in rehab I have been able to make a wonderful
life for myself that doesn’t involve getting high and escaping my problems.
When I have a challenge I face it head on using the tools I learned while in
the program. If for some reason I’m struggling to find a solution to my problem
I have developed a network of family and friends to help me work through it. I
would hate to think of where I would be if I had not gone through the Narconon
Fresh Start program.
J. O.