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Treatment for any substance use disorder is guided by general principles that have been established by research studies, but it is also highly individualized.
If you suspect a person you care about has an addiction, getting that loved one help could be critical. However, before you make a choice to talk to them, do research, and seek advice from a professional.
An addiction (whether it’s to alcohol or something else altogether) stems from brain cell alteration. Each drug dose you take alters portions of your mind responsible for memory, reward, and decision-making.
The signs of alcoholism include an inability to control your drinking, withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop drinking, and continued cravings to drink even when it negatively affects your life.
Drugs interact with chemicals in the brain and body to make you feel a certain way. While drugs can be helpful in regulating moods, helping you sleep, and managing pain, they can also have serious complications when misused.
An overdose occurs when you take more of a drug than your body can process. It can lead to significant complications and even death.
The symptoms you may experience if you undergo withdrawal from any type of drug are dependent on the drug you take and other personal factors, such as your genetics and metabolism.
If you have taken any prescription medication, you have probably been warned about mixing your medicine with certain types of drugs and/or alcohol. Every drug, no matter what type it is, can interact with other substances and produce severe side effects.
How long it takes a drug to process out of your body will depend on the type of drug used and the way you used it.
(NIDA) states that about fifty percent of all people with an addiction will also have a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.
If an individual has a substance use disorder and a comorbid medical issue, both conditions require concurrent treatment.
NIDA defines misuse of a prescription medication as taking it in a way other as prescribed, taking someone else’s medication even if its use may seem warranted, or using medication recreationally for its desired effects.