5 Signs that you Need to Seek Professional Help

According to research, more than 23 million adults in the US have struggled with problematic drug use, and 10 percent of US adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives. 75 percent report not receiving any form of treatment. This is because most people who are on the verge of their drug addiction are having a hard time admitting that they have a problem and accepting a drug rehabilitation treatment. But, once a person admits it and realizes that the process can’t be done alone, it is an initial step to the path of recovery. 

If your drug addiction is causing negative effects on your life and to the loved ones around you, it’s about time to take action. I will share the 5 most common signs that you need to seek professional help. 

Your health is being affected

When you abuse yourself with illegal substances it can result in a number of illnesses. The type of drug dependency will dictate the particular effects on your body. Drug abuse hugely affects your physical and mental health, and the symptoms include: 

Physical symptoms:

  • Lack of energy
  • Abrupt weight gain or loss 
  • Red eyes
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Poor body coordination
  • Abnormal body odors
  • Sleeping problems
  • Untidy appearance 

Mental symptoms:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Irritability 
  • Gradual change of personality
  • Lethargy
  • Psychosis
  • Sudden changes in habits, social network and priority
  • Involvement in dangerous activities

If you notice these symptoms or others have noticed these in you, it’s time to visit a drug rehabilitation center. One great thing about engaging in a rehab program is that health care professionals will monitor the progress on your mental and physical health. Therefore, you will struggle less along the process because you will receive the care that you need from certified health care professionals. 

Your drug use is becoming your main priority

An obvious sign of drug addiction is when your drug usage is becoming more frequent, to the point that you are making it your main priority. If it consumes your entire thought throughout the day and you spend huge amounts of time trying to acquire the substance, chances are you have developed a drug dependency. 

Your family and friends have expressed their concern about your drug use

You know when everything is becoming out of control. However, you may not acknowledge that you need help. People who know you well will most likely confront you about your sudden changes of behavior and about your drug use. This problem is mostly discussed when your loved ones are expressing their concern because they don’t want your life to be ruined. The best thing is to listen to them because they most likely see changes that you don’t. 

You are experiencing a withdrawal syndrome

Using drugs on a regular basis makes your body dependent on then. And once you stop using them, even for just a short period of time, you may experience the following: 

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headache
  • Panic attacks 
  • Tension 
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Cramps 
  • Sweating 
  • Muscle pain and stiffness 
  • Hypertension
  • Irregular heart rate 
  • Inability to concentrate 
  • Short memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

In worse drug dependency withdrawals, a person may experience symptoms such as, fever, delirium, seizures and hallucinations. The symptoms may be life threatening and may require an immediate detox treatment or an inpatient drug rehabilitation program. 

You have tried quitting but it was unsuccessful

You might have tried quitting or putting a stop to your addiction, but it only lasted for several days, then you began using drugs again. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to seek professional help. 

Drug rehab provides viable medical support, appropriate therapies, relapse prevention and other treatment methods that you need to successfully put an end to your addiction.  

5 Signs that you Need to Seek Professional Help

Dr. Adam Trotta - Further Information

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use or addiction, our addiction specialist, Dr. Trotta, can help. Contact us today to learn more about addiction treatment programs that can work well for your needs.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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