Avoiding Problematic Drug Use Patterns

Posted in Drug Addiction

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), drug abuse is a multifaceted phenomenon, which means several patterns can lead users from mild interest in the drug all the way to addiction. Get help today to recognize these patterns and to take action against them.

Addiction and Tolerance

Many people become addicted to a drug due to the experiences of drug use. Therefore, if someone uses a stimulant to lose weight, she may continue taking more if she achieves that result, which can create an addiction. However, she may develop an addiction even if the alternative proves true: if she does not lose weight, she may take the drug more frequently or in higher doses for results, which can also create an addiction. As users become dependent on a drug, they may require more of it to see the same effects, which means they have developed a tolerance to the drug.

What Causes Drug Abuse?

The DHHS report indicates that the following factors can initiate drug abuse:

  • Experimentation – While you may not think that experimenting with a drug constitutes abuse, any pleasurable effects can encourage continued use. Additionally, experimentation can also result in a harmful outcome, such as drinking and driving.
  • Social use – If a person takes drugs through social circumstances, such as peer pressure, this is considered abuse. This is a poor decision that reflects how vulnerable this user is toward negative influences.
  • Binge drinking – The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse defines binge drinking as having five or more drinks at one sitting, and this must have occurred at least once in the past 30 days. Unfortunately, binge drinking continues to be a rather common event on many college campuses.
  • Substance abuse – According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, substance abuse is “the use of a psychoactive drug to such an extent that its effects seriously interfere with health or occupational and social functioning”
  • According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), substance abuse is “a maladaptive pattern of substance use that significantly impairs or distresses users

These causes of drug use can lead to continued use, which can change a user’s body, mind and behaviors. These changes can lead to abuse and addiction, which will require professional help to address.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine argues that addiction has the following two components:

  • Psychological dependence – Users cannot feel well or function normally without the drug
  • Physical dependence – This refers to physiological dependence, having a tolerance for the drug and having withdrawal symptoms if a user goes too long without a dose

As the disease progresses, recovery becomes more difficult. However, it is possible to get well if users seek the right help.

Help Recognizing Drug Use Patterns

Stop the cycle of destruction that can lead to addiction and call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about drug abuse patterns and the steps you must take to break the cycle. You can recover if you seek our help.