We refer here to all types of illegal drugs and to the abuse of prescription drugs including sleeping tablets, anti-depressants, benzos, pain killers.
We also refer to the taking of over the counter tablets that have addictive properties including pain killers, cough bottles etc.
Most drug addictions start with casual or social use of a drug. For some people, using the drug becomes a habit and use becomes more and more frequent. As time passes, you may need larger doses of the drug to get high. Soon you may need the drug just to feel good. As your drug use increases, you may find that it becomes increasingly difficult to go without the drug. Stopping may cause intense cravings and make you feel physically ill (withdrawal symptoms)
Drug addiction symptoms or behaviours include:
- Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly – this can be daily or even several times per day.
- Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
- Spending money on the drug even though you cant afford it
- Doing things that you normally wouldn’t do to get the drug – such as stealing, forging prescriptions, drug dealing
- Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
- Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting the drug and using the drug
Signs of drug abuse include:
Problems at school/college/work. Frequently missing attendance or a sudden disinterest in school, college or work. A drop in grades or dropping out may be indicative of a problem. Warnings from work in addition may also be indicative of problem
Physical Health Issues – lack of energy and motivation may indicate use of certain drugs. The particular signs and symptoms of drug use and dependence varies depending on the drug type.
Neglected Appearance – A sudden lost of interest in clothing, grooming or looks may be a warning sign of drug use
Changes in behaviour – Dramatic changes in behaviour and in relationships with family and friends may be linked to drug use.
Spending Money – You may discover money stolen from previously safe places at home. Items may disappear from home or workplace which are being sold to support a drug habit. Stealing and forgery may also be signs of a drug problem.
Do you need to look at your Drug Taking?
By answering the following questions honestly, you will learn more about your drug taking
- Do you use drugs to build self confidence?
- Have you ever missed work or school due to your drug use?
- Do you neglect your family or relationships because of drug use?
- Do people remark on the amount of drugs you are using?
- Is your drug use affecting your reputation?
- Do you feel guilty or remorseful after drug use?
- Do you feel more at ease when socialising or on a date when you have drugs taken?
- Do you borrow money or neglect yourself or your obligations because of your drug use?
- Do you ever wake up and wonder what happened the night before?
- Have you ever tried to quit or cut back your drug use?
- Have you ever been in hospital or been arrested for your drug use?
- Do you use drugs until your supply is gone?
- Were you ever treated by your doctor for your drug use?
- Do you use drugs immediately you have a problem at home, in school, or at work?
- Have you ever switched drugs thinking one was the problem?
- Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
- Do you think a lot about drugs?
- Do you continue to use drugs despite negative consequences?
- Have you ever used drugs to mask your emotional pain?
- Have you ever thought you may have a drug problem?
If you have answered yes to 5 of these questions, or your answers concern you, please contact us in confidence at 065-684 0944 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org