Drug Abuse

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Drug Abuse


Is any drug substance, other than food that affects the body in any way. Therefore the over compassion in these types of substances can be classified as drug abuse.

What to look for

The deterioration of a person’s appearance. Loss of money or valuables in the household that cannot be explained. Your child possesses large or unexplained sums of money, they start to lose interest in favourite sports, hobbies or interests. Changes in there behaviour that affects relationships and performance at school or work, new friends and insulting of old friends or family.  In children, abrupt changes in mood or attitude, temper tantrums, or increased secrecy. The loss of memory and accident proneness

Specific symptoms depend on the drug:


Mood swings, red eyes, slowed time sense and reflexes, dizziness, dilated pupils and lethargy , lack of balance, excessive sleep, slurred speech or constricted pupils. Ulcerated nostrils are typical of cocaine sniffing, a runny nose or sniffles are typical of smoking crack cocaine or needle marks on the arms, the extreme loss of weight, insomnia, trembling and dilated pupils, hallucinations, trembling, dilated pupils and sweating. Weight loss, excessive sweating, lethargy, slurred speech, constricted pupils, poor appetite and mood swings. If a person uses either a legal or illegal drug enough times to cause the abuser either social, mental, physical or emotional harm it can be called drug abuse. Craving or obsession is the compulsive, lasting use of a drug. Drugs that are legal is usual a huge problem worldwide. Most drug abusers will not admit that they have a problem and blames it on there lifestyle, work or families

The drugs that is most likely to be abused -

Depressants: anti depressants and sleeping pills are one of the most prescribed medications in the world. They have similar effects to those of alcohol: taking medium doses can be relaxing, but if taken in large amounts may damage both body and mind. If these drugs are taken with alcohol there can be fatal consequences. If doctors prescribe these drugs they are usually very careful as the consequences can be addiction or overdose.

Stimulants: it can cause ‘highs’, rapid speech and agitation. People who are addicted to amphetamines, or uppers often try to calm themselves down by taking depressants or downers and then they become caught in an exhaustive cycle. A more addictive and powerful stimulant is cocaine, there is a smoked version called crack that is also highly addictive.

Opiates: this includes, heroin, morphine and opium. This addiction normally causes anxiety, sweating, tremors, low self-esteem, depression. vomiting, hyperactivity, fever, diarrhoea, sneezing, inability to cope with life and eventually convulsions.

Marijuana: by smoking marijuana it can dull short-term memory, energy levels and motivation.

The frequent use of marijuana increases the heart rate, slowing of reflexes, vision problems, apathy, cardiovascular problems, panic attacks, poor working of the lungs the changes in sex hormones and increased risk of lung cancer. At this moment it is debatable whether marijuana is addictive or not. Although, users are more likely to use cocaine than are non users. Other commonly used drugs which if abused can cause social, mental, physical and emotional difficulties.
These include: steroids, alcohol, cigarettes and cigars, LSD, Misuse Of Legal Drugs


Some doctors and other experts disagree on what the causes of substance abuse is, but it is agreed that it is much more than a lack of will power. There are certain causes that have been identified, such as: peer group pressure, hereditary factors, social factors - family, poverty problems, there is one problem that aggravates a drug abuser is that they refuse to face up to the fact that it is possible for them to become addicted to the drug. There are some abusers that seem to think that they will not have to face this problem.

Dietary Considerations


Because drug users usually ate poorly they need to get a balanced diet with an emphasis on vegetables and fresh fruit, protein and complex carbohydrates. Ask your doctor about the need for these supplements.

When to seek further professional advice


You have, or a family member has any of the symptoms above.

Alternative/Natural Treatments


Herbal Therapies: by cleansing your body of toxins is a very important step in healing. To strengthen the liver you should take milk thistle. To clean the blood use wild oat extract, Echinacea (Echinacea spp.), burdock (Rectum lapper) root and liquorice (Glycyrrhizin glare) and while skullcap (Scutellaria later flora), overlain and valerian (Valeriana officinalis) reduce anxiety.

You should see a professional for dosages.

Traditional Treatment


Involves the withdrawal and recovery. The most important step in treating a drug abusers is to be aware of the problem. there family, friends, or a professional must support and encourage him/her to recover.

Your doctor will advise you to the type of treatment that is needed this depends on the severity of the problem. Your doctor can put you in touch with the right groups and counselors as well. He will help you withdraw carefully from the type of drug that you are addicted to because many drugs have serious consequences if withdrawal is not performed under supervision. There may also be the need for certain vitamin supplements and medication. After the withdrawal stage you are in the recovery stage and it is very important not to put yourself into a situations that can trigger a relapse. for instance mixing with people that are known to use the drugs that have been a problem for you. Now it is the part of process when you must change your lifestyle and habits. This is where the support of groups and positive family and friends can be of great benefit.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21