Substance Abuse Disorder is the condition where a person starts consuming legal or illegal drugs despite knowing the serious health issues it might cause. It attacks the brain and behaviour of a person and causes an inability to perform various routine activities.
Substance Abuse or addiction, in basic terms, is a severe disease that can even cause death.
The Cause of Substance Abuse:
In the research performed till now by various experts all over the world, there is no one reason that can be pointed as a specific cause of substance abuse disorder.
There are multiple reasons that lead to developing substance abuse disorder in a person, and the most common ones are -
to feel good — a feeling of pleasure, "high", or "intoxication."
to feel better — relieve stress, forget problems, or feel numb
to do better — improve performance or thinking
curiosity and peer pressure or experimenting
Recognizing whether an individual is suffering from substance abuse is harder in the case of teenagers.
To find out if a teenager is suffering from addiction, consider looking at the following aspects -
Problems at school or work— missing school or work more often a sudden lack of interest in going to school or work or a steep fall in grades or work performance.
Health issues — lack of motivation and energy, red eyes, weight loss or gain
Neglected appearance— shattering interest in clothing or looks
Behavioral Changes— Bring secretively or start to change nature towards friends and family. Not letting anyone enter their room.
Money issues — increased demand for money without any solid reason. Instances of money missing from your home.
What are the most common Forms of Substance Abuse?
There are various types of substance abuse that involve different substances being used by an individual.
The 5 most common forms of substance abuse are that have a detrimental effect on the body are -
Alcohol - It is one of the most commonly abused substances in every society. It causes severe mental illness that is hard to recover from.
Cannabis - It is one of the most popular and commonly used illicit drugs all over the world and a major substance used by young people. It causes psychosis and schizophrenia in users.
Amphetamines and methamphetamines - these drugs cause depression, anxiety and sleeplessness
Cocaine - using cocaine can lead to problems with depression, paranoia, and anxiety.
Heroin - is a highly addictive drug that leads to depression and sleeplessness and develops a dependency that comes over everything, including - work, family, commitments, etc.
Treating Substance Abuse:
Substance Abuse Disorder is a treatable disease but requires a lot of commitment from the patient during the treatments.
There are various options available to cure individuals suffering from substance abuse. But it depends on the kind of substance a person is abusing.
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