Substance Abuse Erie

Substance abuse is the compulsive use of harmful substances such as illicit drugs or alcohol, even when it results in negative consequences to health, finances, and interpersonal and professional relationships. They may experience increased tolerance or physical withdrawal symptoms with repeated use of the drug.

Substance abuse rehab programs, like the ones available at Drug Abuse Treatment Centers Erie, help individuals who have difficulties controlling their use of drugs or alcohol. We offer rehabilitation in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Call us now at 814-651-9437.

Warning Signs

If someone you know uses drugs in a harmful manner, he or she likely suffers from a substance abuse problem. Harmful use refers to anything that results in psychological or physical damage to the individual. Some who abuse drugs are unable to meet their responsibilities at home, work or school. Frequent absences from work or school, driving or operating heavy machinery when intoxicated and failing to follow through on family commitments can all be signs someone is abusing drugs. Some other signs of abusive behavior include:

  • Taking increased amounts of the drug to get the same desired effects
  • Being unable to stop the use of the drug despite a strong desire to do so
  • Suffering from feelings of guilt after using the substance
  • Experiencing physical discomfort when trying to stop using the substance (withdrawal symptoms)
  • Failing to meet obligations at home, work, or school
  • Avoiding friends and family
  • Lying
  • Secretive behavior
  • Always borrowing money
  • Stealing
  • Getting into legal trouble

Health Effects

Substance abuse is a progressive disorder. As such, physical symptoms may not be apparent at first. As the abuse continues, however, the user may start to experience some of the following side effects:

  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Red eyes
  • "Pinpoint" pupils
  • Needle or "track" marks on arms or other areas of the body

Identifying The Problem

Identifying substance abuse can be difficult, especially among older adults who have developed a dependence on prescription medications. While sudden changes in a loved one's behavior could be due to aging or stress, drug abuse is also a possibility. Recognizing that you or a loved one has a problem is the first step to recovery.

Reasons Why People Avoid Treatment

In many cases, substance abusers are in denial about their problem and the negative consequences of their behavior. Depending on the substance used, the individual may also fear severe discomfort from physical withdrawal symptoms. Some people are ashamed of their drug use, not realizing they suffer from a medical illness that can be treated. If left untreated, it can lead to a greater dependence or addiction.

How to Encourage Your Loved One to Get Help for Substance Abuse

Substance abusers often have difficulty seeking help on their own. An intervention can be effective in helping addicts accept that they need professional help. An intervention is a delicate matter that should be planned with the assistance of an addiction professional. An interventionist can advise family members and friends about the best way to approach the person who needs treatment. At Drug Rehab Treatment Centers Erie, we provide family members with the support they need to get their loved one into recovery.

Don't let substance abuse take over your life or the life of someone you love. Call Erie Drug Rehab Treatment Centers at 814-651-9437 for help today.

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