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Understanding and Signs & symptoms of substance abuse

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During the mental stress due to things going in life or due to bad company or bad circle, one might get into substance abuse. Substance abuse is a disease which can be treated. Around in the neighborhood, there can be someone in need, who is going through substance abuse. Even someone in your family or social circle might be in need of the support in coping with the substance abuse. To understand this one can read here about what is substance abuse and what are the symptoms of substance abuse.

What is substance abuse?

According to WHO (World Health Organization), Substance Abuse means the harmful and hazardous use of psychoactive substances like alcohol, drugs, marijuana, heroin etc. Harmful use means if a substance when used repeatedly causes health issues, disabilities, risky use and impaired control. The user consumes the substance in amounts and ways which are harmful to one as well as others.

Signs and symptoms of substance abuse:

  • Physical signs:

  • Change in sleeping pattern like less sleep, awake at unusual hours, laziness
  • Withdrawal symptoms like flu symptoms for a few days, tremors and seizures lasting few days, anxiety, depression etc.
  • Unusual or extreme weight loss or gain.
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Lack of personal hygiene like unusual smell in breath, body and clothes
  • Red, dilated eyes, watery eyes, pupil smaller or larger than usual
  • Poor physical coordination like slow and staggered walk
  • Needle marks on lower arm, leg and bottom of feet

  • Behavioral signs:

  • Lack of motivation, self esteem and energy
  • Self-centered behavior, isolation from family and social circles
  • Difficulty in paying attention
  • Mood swings, oversensitivity, resentful behavior
  • Unexplained financial problems
  • Suspicious and secretive behavior
  • Change in personal grooming habits
  • Violent behavior
  • Complaints of hallucinations
  • Memory loss or forgetfulness

These are most basic and main symptoms of substance abuse. Substance abuse as told earlier is a disease which can be cured with the help of Illinois Drug Rehab. If you come across with any of your friend or family member or relative then help them, make them choose the right way, help them in recovery, encourage them to fight with substance abuse.