Many people throughout the country suffer from an addiction to drugs. While an individual’s experience of being addicted to drugs depends on the type of drug that one is addicted to as well as one’s physiology and a variety of lifestyle factors, suffering from psychological or physical dependency to drugs can be an agonizing experience. In addition, drug addiction often causes behavioral problems. These are some behavioral issues that addiction to drugs causes most often:
There are many drugs that cause a serious financial strain on individuals who are addicted to them. People who are addicted to drugs may spend much of their money on their drug (s) of choice rather than on necessities. This behavioral problem is particularly common among individuals who are addicted certain drugs, such as cocaine and certain opiates.
While many people abuse drugs in order to avoid negative emotions, substance abuse can also be the culprit of depression. For instance, opiates often cause users to become extremely depressed. As the addiction becomes more entrenched, the drug no longer causes euphoria. Instead, it merely reduces the severity of the depression that is caused by the drug.
Drug-induced psychosis is one of the most severe effects of drug abuse. Hallucinogens can cause psychotic behavior while one is under the influence. Individuals who abuse stimulants, such as meth and cocaine, often become psychotic as a result of extended sleep deprivation. Drug-induced psychotic episodes can result in bizarre behavior and extreme paranoia. Individuals who are experiencing drug-induced psychosis often have visual and/or auditory hallucinations that can’t always be distinguished from reality. Many people who experience drug-induced psychosis have little to no insight into their condition. In some cases, an individual experiencing drug-induced psychosis ends up having legal problems as a result of bizarre or aggressive behavior. Individuals who have pre-existing mental health conditions may never fully recover from an episode of drug-induced psychosis. In some cases, episodes of drug-induced psychosis can cause lasting changes to an individual’s personality.
All addictive drugs can potentially cause a withdrawal syndrome that has problematic effects on behavior, opiates are known for causing especially severe withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from opiates is often likened to the flu but with more severe symptoms. Opiate withdrawal can cause individuals to miss work as a result of their symptoms. Opiate abuse and withdrawal lead to an individual suffering long-term unemployment.
Certain drugs can cause an individual to become aggressive under the influence. While not all people who use drugs become aggressive, this effect can be particularly prominent for users who tend to behave aggressively without the drug.
Most drugs of abuse cause impaired judgment while under the influence. While an individual is impaired by their use of drugs, they may make dangerous errors while attempting to engage in the same activities that they would while sober, but a dangerous mishap may occur while one is under the influence. For example, car accidents can be caused by individuals who are under the influence of drugs. In addition, some people who are under the influence of drugs may engage in risky sexual behavior.
Individuals who are addicted to drugs often need to go to a rehab facility to detox from their drug(s) of choice. While an individual is at a detox facility, he or she will be monitored by doctors to ensure that they don’t experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Individuals who are addicted to certain types of drugs may be able to receive medications that can make the experience of quitting drugs and alcohol less uncomfortable.
In addition to going to an inpatient drug rehab facility, people who suffer from an addiction to drugs might need to attend outpatient drug rehab after leaving an inpatient rehab facility. Outpatient rehab can take the form of addiction counseling. However, some individuals may need to receive medication to prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring. People who are not as severely physically and/or psychologically dependent on drugs might be able to quit without attending inpatient rehab and only receiving outpatient treatment.
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