Substance use disorder (also known as drug addiction) is a terrible medical condition that needs to be treated effectively to prevent long term health issues. The disease impacts a person’s brain and leads to that person being unable to control their use of certain drugs such as alcohol, pain medications, marijuana, and other controlled substances. The first step in treating substance use disorder is identifying the condition by recognizing its common symptoms. In this article, we’re going to explore some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate substance use disorder.
Changes in Health or Behavior
Changes in health, such as a dramatic increase of decrease in weight or decreased energy can be signs of substance use disorder. Similarly, any dramatic changes in behavior can also indicate a substance use issue. If you recognize any of these signs in a loved one, ask them how they’re doing and if they need any help.
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit the substance in question is a classic sign of substance use disorder. Withdrawal symptoms can include: nausea, sweating, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. In severe addiction cases, withdrawal symptoms can even be life threatening. As a result, it’s important to seek medical help instead of going “cold turkey.”
Problems at Work or School
Frequent and unexplained absences at work or school can be an indicator of substance abuse. In addition to that, if a person seems totally “checked out” at school or work, that can be another sign of substance use disorder.
Clarity Family Consulting
At Clarify Family Consulting, we offer a wide range of services to those dealing with substance use disorder. Our service catalogue includes (but is not limited to): clinical intervention, case management, primary and extended treatment placement, sober companions, and therapeutic transport. We focus on helping individuals achieve long-term success in their sobriety and also offer invaluable resources to family members of those struggling with substance issues. Contact our team of experts today to get help for yourself or a loved one dealing with substance use disorder.