Substance Abuse

If you or a loved one are battling substance abuse, get help now before abuse escalates to dependency. Substance abuse is defined as repeated recreational use of drugs (both prescription and illicit) and/or alcohol. The cultural attitude toward alcohol consumption has made diagnosing alcohol abuse more difficult; however when a person's life is disrupted by their alcohol consumption, that is a clear indication. Substance abuse is the bridge between use and addiction. The short amount of time between abuse and dependency makes it critical that you or your loved one recognize its early warning signs and seek out a qualified substance abuse treatment center before the abuse before the problem intensifies. .

Signs of Substance Abuse

When a person is falling into substance abuse, it gets more obvious the longer it continues. The key is to recognize the signs of before chemically dependency develops. Commons signs of substance abuse include, but are not limited to:

  • Change of Friends and Associations
  • Constant Pre-Occupation with Drugs and Alcohol
  • Reclusive Attitude and Behavior
  • Neglecting Family and Old Friends
  • Declining Professional or Academic Performance
  • Theft and Dishonesty
  • Frequent Legal Troubles
  • Dramatic Changes in Attitude and Demeanor

It’s also common for substance abuse victims to completely neglect their appearance and grooming habits and dismiss the idea of engaging in any sort of activity that doesn’t involve their chosen substance.

Untreated Substance Abuse Will Always Lead to Addiction

While substance abusers tread the fine line of chemical dependency, it’s only a matter of time before the brain triggers its natural response to prolonged abuse and a full blown addiction develops. Substance abusers are working against the natural biology of the brain and often become dependent without even realizing it until it’s too late. It’s unlikely that, in a moment of lucidity, the abuser will realize what they’re doing and stop altogether. One of the best methods of combating the collision course of substance abuse is through the organized intervention of loved ones. If it gets to the point where an indvidual's substance abuse negatively impacts their personal relationships, they should be made to see their destructive pattern of behavior.

Stop Substance Abuse before It's Too Late

People who engage in substance abuse don't have a lot of time before they cross over into addiction. Usually the consequences of their actions have already started to negatively impact their lives and relationships. It is literally a race against time to get yourself or your loved one help before the consequences become even greater, eventually leading to jail time, personal injury or even fatality. The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of substance abuse rehab centers in your local area, as well as the leading recommended substance abuse rehab centers in the United States and around the world.

Contact the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) anytime toll-free at (800) 784-6776 or through our online form, and we will recommend the leading drug and alcohol rehab centers for you or your loved one.