Do I have a problem?

If you feel as though the craving for drugs is so bad that you can’t stop, or you can’t function on a daily basis without drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs, this is a serious matter that requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated, drug use and addiction can lead to long-term health complications, life-threatening risk for fatal overdose, and death. Addiction is defined as the compulsive reliance on that which is habit-forming. Addiction is a serious problem plaguing many Americans today, and it is important to seek help before it’s too late.

Problems with Drugs

Approximately 200,000 people in the United States die each year from drug abuse.

Drugs

Drug abuse is defined as the habitual use of legal or illegal substances for non-medical purposes. More often than not, people abuse drugs for the heightened pleasure derived from drugs or to escape otherwise negative feelings. Compulsive drug use may lead to addiction and drug dependency. This involves compulsive use of drugs, and can lead to withdrawal symptoms and possible overdose.

Types of Drugs

Illicit drugs (aka Recreational) are drugs that have no medical purposes and are manufactured or utilized beyond current drug regulations. Illicit drugs are mainly for recreational use and are sold on the black market. Most illicit drugs are manmade and synthetic, which is extremely harmful for the body, and although some illicit drugs are derived from plants and have some medicinal purpose, they are still considered illicit drugs because of their side effects on the body.

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Prescription drugs are drugs only available under the written permission from a medical professional. Although they are prescribed, prescription drugs are often misused. This can cause negative effects on the body, especially if the prescribed dosage is exceeded. If prescription drugs are abused, they cause the same effects as illicit drugs. Just because they are prescribed, it does not make them safer.

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Alcohol is the #1 most abused drug in the United States. When abused, alcohol is very dangerous for the body as it has the potential to damage the liver, and affect thinking and decision-making, balance, and coordination. Binge drinking involves consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time with the intention of being intoxicated, which has the potential to be life-threatening.

Approximately 13 million people abuse alcohol or are alcoholics.

Problems with Behavior

It is important to understand that addiction is not limited to just substances. Unlike addiction to substances, in which people become hooked on the effects of drugs, behavior disorders are addictive due to the compulsiveness in thought and/or action. The repetitiveness of these thoughts and actions encourage continuation of the behavior, which may cause negative effects on the body.

Types of Behavior Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorder is brought about by excessive worry and fear that interferes with living life. People with anxiety disorders worry beyond the occasional stressful or fearful situation. They are constantly preoccupied that something bad will happen to them, and have worries and fears, which may be real or imagined. This type of worrying may impact daily functioning, especially in social situations, and may lead to debilitating physical and psychological health risks, if anxiety is prolonged.

Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative Disorder is the blockage of traumatic experience either through amnesia and/or alternative identities.As a coping mechanism, people with dissociative disorders remove themselves from the experience, these identities impacting normal functioning during waking consciousness.

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder is an illness in which daily food intake becomes monitored to the point of obsession. People with eating disorders are so preoccupied with diet and weight changes that they revolve their lives around eating and food intake, thereby having problems with under-eating or over-eating. If continued, this can pose possible life-threatening and long-term health risks.

Impulse Control Disorders (ICD)

Impulse Control Disorder is the failure to resist temptation or control urges.People with impulse control disorders seek immediate gratification, obtained by satisfying the impulse. More often than not, people with impulse control disorders do not think before acting and may feel guilty after the act was committed.

Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders are disturbances in state of mind that affect well-being on a daily basis.While it is normal for people to go through periods of mood changes, mood disorders usually involve elongated periods of emotional turbulence. Mood disorders impact daily functioning and often require treatment if the mood changes become too severe.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorder involves thoughts and behaviors that are unstable and inconsistent. People with personality disorders have difficulty dealing with everyday stresses and problems, which may impact personal and professional relationships. Other factors of personality disorders include feeling emotions very deeply as well as extreme insecurity and intense, irrational fear of abandonment. The emotions can be mild or severe and are inconsistent, which may pose problems in daily functioning.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorder occurs when people have trouble falling asleep, disruption during sleep that prevents staying asleep, or sleep excessively. Everybody experiences sleep problems from time to time, however, when inconsistent sleep occurs for longer than a month, it becomes problematic and may affect daily performance and productivity.

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Somatoform Disorders

Somatoform Disorder is a psychological condition which entails the existence of a physical ailment that cannot be traced back to a specific diagnosed cause. People may develop actual symptoms and signs of a particular illness, however its roots cannot be properly attributed to any disease or sickness. As a result, the pain persists and they believe that their symptoms have an underlying cause.

Fear Not, There is Treatment for Everyone

Whether you have a substance abuse addiction, a behavior disorder, or both, treatment options are possible. From 12-step programs for alcoholism to programs that help manage symptoms of ADHD to help rid the body of methamphetamine addiction, treatment centers are equipped with everything you need to get you back on track. These treatment centers, located sparingly around the United States, have teams of supportive and encouraging medical professionals to guide you on the road to recovery.

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