Recreationally using and experimenting with drugs can be a stepping stone to addiction, according to reports by the National Institute for Drug Abuse and SAMHSA. While most people who use drugs occasionally never set out to become addicts, the reality is that most addictions begin from recreational use.
Reasons People Give for Use
For many, recreational drug use is an escape from the boredom of their everyday life. Others claim that they are just curious about the drug and want to know what it will feel like. Still others claim that they experiment with illicit and prescription drugs to achieve a better or different high. Whatever the reason, constant use can result in dependency.
There are a number of signs of addiction that will be evident to those around the individual. For example the most obvious sign will be a personality change. Prior to drug use the person may have been cheerful and energetic. The individual under the influence will experience a different demeanor than when they are not taking drugs. For example, they may exhibit sign such as anger, depression or become lethargic.
Co-workers, as well as fellow students and professors may notice a change in the work or study habits of the individual. Where they once were always on time for work and assignments, drug use has led the individual to shift their priorities resulting in missed work and school as well as neglected duties.
An indicator that recreational drug use is becoming an addiction is when it seems that the individual only talks about their use, parties and getting more drugs. Obsession with their next fix, a preoccupation with drugs and concern that they may not be able to find more is a clear sign of dependency.
Tolerance and Withdrawal
Frequent recreational abuse will lead to developing a tolerance. That means that over time the body becomes used to the substance. The individual will come to physically require more of the drug in order to achieve the same feeling as with previous use. Tolerance develops slowly and it is very likely that the individual may not notice what is happening. Drug overdose is a dangerous risk with tolerance and increased use. In addition to tolerance and obsessive personality changes, another sign that recreational drug use has become an addiction is if the individual experiences withdrawal signs when not using. Depending on the extent of the drug abuse, the individual may begin withdrawal within a few hours after the last time of use. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and include:
- Body and muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold sweats
- Irritability and anxiety
Quitting substance abuse cold turkey can be dangerous. Seeking the assistance of a professional medical detox and rehab treatment program can make all the difference in overcoming addiction and achieving sobriety. If you or someone you know are struggling with a drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from drugs and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.