Are you aware of the signs of drug abuse? Knowing the signs of drug abuse can help you nip a blossoming drug addiction problem in the bud. Abuse of street drugs, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are becoming a National epidemic with more and more people misusing these substances. While a majority of people use their prescription and over-the-counter medications as directed there are many who abuse them, sell or give them to other people or mix them with illegal street drugs or alcohol to intensify their effects.
Here are a few key points to help you recognize a possible drug abuse problem in yourself or someone you care for.
Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse or Alcohol Abuse:
- “explosive” arguments and disagreements over small matters
- avoiding “straight” (non drug or alcohol) co-workers or classmates
- deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene
- easy excitability
- erratic behavior, forgetfulness, indecision
- frequent hangover symptoms
- hyper-activity, constant toe or heel-tapping and/or “drumming” of fingers
- new financial problems or frequent borrowing of money
- increased physical activity
- wearing of long-sleeved garments in very warm weather
- secretive behavior
- sudden change in attitude, work, or behavior – a new, “I don’t care attitude”
- sudden deterioration of long friendships, relationships
- using drug culture terminology
Specific Signs of Drug Abuse by Substance:
- Alcohol: Clumsiness; difficulty walking; slurred speech; sleepiness; poor judgment; dilated pupils; possession of a false ID card.
- Depressants: (including barbiturates and tranquilizers) Seems drunk as if from alcohol but without the associated odor of alcohol; difficulty concentrating; clumsiness; poor judgment; slurred speech; sleepiness; and contracted pupils.
- Hallucinogens: Dilated pupils; bizarre and irrational behavior including paranoia, aggression, hallucinations; mood swings; detachment from people; absorption with self or other objects, slurred speech; confusion.
- Heroin: Needle marks; sleeping at unusual times; sweating; vomiting; coughing and sniffling; twitching; loss of appetite; contracted pupils; no response of pupils to light.
- Inhalants: (Glues, aerosols, and vapors ) Watery eyes; impaired vision, impaired memory and thought; secretions from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth; headaches and nausea; appearance of intoxication; drowsiness; poor muscle control; changes in appetite; anxiety; irritability; an unusual number of spray cans in the trash.
- Marijuana: Glassy, red eyes; loud talking and inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness; a sweet burnt scent; loss of interest, motivation; weight gain or loss.
- Stimulants: Hyperactivity; euphoria; irritability; anxiety; excessive talking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at odd times; may go long periods of time without eating or sleeping; dilated pupils; weight loss; dry mouth and nose.
If you are worried about yourself or someone in your life that may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, Narconon Fresh Start can help. Our program has helped numerous people get the help they need to stop using drugs and get back on track.
Fort Collins New Life Center is a drug and alcohol treatment program creating lasting changes in their clients. Their clients come from all walks of life and struggle with every type of addiction: alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, prescription drugs, etc. Two of the largest differences between the Fort Collins New Life Center and other treatment programs are their philosophy on addiction and their detoxification program.
Fort Collins New Life Center program philosophy does not subscribe to the disease concept of addiction and their recovery program is not based on the twelve-step treatment method. Instead of telling their clients they are powerless over their addiction and can only hope to cope with it one day at a time, Fort Collins New Life center empowers their clients. They help their clients go through a drug-free withdrawal process and instruct them on the many positive changes they can make in their life to maintain their sobriety when they return home.
The other difference mentioned was Fort Collins New Life Center’s detox program. Called the New Life Detoxification Method, it is a process of completely ridding the client’s body of any remaining drug and alcohol toxins and metabolites. Using a medically approved precise protocol of nutritional supplements, physical exercise and time spent sweating in a dry sauna clients are able to achieve total cellular detoxification. The New Life Detoxification Method has also been shown to improve client’s memory, cognitive functions, immune systems and their general physical condition.
Drug and alcohol addiction means the addicted person is controlled by the substances they are dependent upon. They rely on them to regulate their senses, emotions and consciousness. Without them the addicted person may feel “sick” (due to withdrawal symptoms), they may feel out of sorts or may even show a whole other side of themselves becoming hostile and possibly violent. To help a person truly recover from their addiction problem they need to come off these toxic substances completely.
This is why all Narconon Fresh Start programs like Sunshine Summit Lodge and Rainbow Canyon Retreat use a holistic, completely drug-free approach to addiction rehabilitation. Clients go through a medically assisted withdrawal process if necessary and then begin the Narconon Fresh Start drug-free withdrawal process when they return to the treatment location. No drug substitution therapy is ever used in any of Narconon Fresh Start’s treatment centers. Drug substitution therapy is when the person is taken off the drugs they have become addicted to and given other drugs instead to control their mood, sleep, anxiety level, energy level, etc. When you look at drug substitution therapy in the bigger picture, it is simply replacing one drug with another.
While many rehab programs utilize this therapy technique, Narconon Fresh Start chooses to help their clients get healthy without resorting to using toxic pharmaceuticals. Their holistic approach to recovery means that their clients complete treatment and go on to live happy, completely drug-free lives when they return home.
One of the greatest things about the Narconon Fresh Start program is that when I returned home I didn’t need to take my prescription medication for depression any longer. I was able to come off it while in rehab and have not needed to take it since. In fact, knowing what I know now I would NEVER take a prescription like Paxil or Zoloft again. As a recovered addict I am very careful about what I put into my body, this includes prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs too. The way I look at is this, just because my doctor writes me a prescription and I can pick it up at the pharmacy doesn’t mean that I NEED to take it or that it is what is BEST for me. I put a lot of thought into every choice I make when it concerns my health and wellbeing. Because of the Narconon Fresh Start program I have maintained my sobriety for over a decade and I look forward to living the rest of my life in the same healthy way!
It works, I live it every day. It works, I’m proof of that.
Narconon Fresh Start’s drug rehab program helps people recover from all types of drug addiction issues. Whether you are addicted to heroin, cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drugs, over the counter medications or any other substance the Narconon Fresh Start program will help you find lasting sobriety.
Our high success rate at complete addiction recovery speaks volumes about how effective the Narconon Fresh Start program really is. In addition to our superior success rate we also offer a six month guarantee for graduates of our programs. In the field of addiction rehabilitation it is nearly unheard of for a program to guarantee the success of their clients. Narconon Fresh Start is able to do so because we know that our program creates real and lasting changes in the lives of our graduates.