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Drug Addiction Education

There is no denying that education of some sort is important no matter what field you are in or what you are studying, but in some areas, education can save a life. Doctors, nurses, EMT’s, and firefighters all receive the education they need to save lives. Educating yourself about drug addiction, the dangers, and the treatments can save lives too; either your own or a loved one. There is much to learn about drug addiction like the newest drugs and the drugs that are available, what drug addiction may and may not look like, what causes addiction, and how to help loved ones who are abusing drugs. This is a great place to begin educating yourself about drug addiction, and the process to get help.

Drug Addiction Education

Why You Need to Be Educated on Drug Addiction

There are so many different types of drugs in the world that people can become addicted to, and each has its own effects on the user. When you become knowledgeable about the different drugs and the effects it can have on a person, you are more likely to be able to identify when someone close to you is using and has become addicted to a substance. It is true that some people who are addicted to drugs may attempt to hide their usage or their addiction, but when you educate yourself you will be more aware of the signs of addiction, which vary depending on the substance.

Signs of Drug Addiction

Drugs affect people differently and therefore the signs for each user may be different, but there are some general and common signs to look for when evaluating if you or a loved one is addicted to drugs. Remember, the signs can be different depending on the type of drug and the user, but this is a great place to start.

  • The feeling of or the need to use the drug on a daily basis or multiple times a day.
  • Purchasing the drug when you cannot afford it.
  • Doing things you would not normally do to get the drug.
  • Engaging in risky behavior to get the drug or while under the influence.
  • Failing to quit using the drug.
  • Cutting back on social activities, missing work responsibilities, and not meeting obligations due to drug usage.
  • Continued increase in time and energy spent on obtaining the drug and using it.

Seeing Drug Addiction in Family Members and Friend

As stated above drugs do affect people differently, and depending on the person’s age, personality, stresses in their life it may be difficult to distinguish between moodiness and stress or stress relief with signs of possible drug use. These are some indications to keep an eye out for if you think your family member or friend is suffering from drug addiction.

  • Physical health – continual need to “take something” because they are in pain or feel sick. Also a lack of motivation or energy.
  • Spending money – missing or stolen money; asking for money without any or a reasonable explanation; items of value disappearing from your home or they have sold items of value in their possession.
  • Problems at work or school – drop in work performance or grades in school; sudden disinterest in work or school activities; sudden absenteeism from work or school (cutting classes).
  • Behavioral changes – drastic, noticeable changes in behavior or constant extreme fluctuations in behavior and a negative change in relationships with friends and family.

How to Educate Yourself on Drug Addiction

You have already started off in a great place by visiting this website and seeking out information. There are many other places like top medical websites, anonymous groups, and national phone numbers you can contact to get better educated and find additional information on the subject of drug addiction. Anytime you are dealing with drugs and drug addiction, the more you know the better you and your loved one will be.

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