Drug use, in its most advanced stage, is clinically known as addiction. It involves a wide variety of physical, psychological, and social effects. The brain chemistry is literally changed by the drug, and the body adapts to the effects of the drug. Likewise, families change and suffer from many of these effects as well. If you, or someone you love, is showing signs of a drug addiction, contact Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, Maine for more information on drug addiction treatment.
Not everyone who abuses drugs is an addict. In fact, many people can, surprisingly, use drugs recreationally. They still run risks, both physically and legally, but they are not yet addicted. It does, however, mean that they smoke marijuana, take pills, or use other drugs only sporadically.
The drug addict, on the other hand, craves their drug of choice. They will do nearly anything and hurt anyone to get it. Often, addicts become homeless, go to jail, or even overdose in their quest to get a fix.
Is My Loved One an Addict?
Family members and friends can look for a number of signs when they are trying to determine if their loved one is struggling with an addiction.
Physical Signs of Addiction
- Dilated or pin-point eyes
- Bloodshot eyes
- Sudden change in weight
- Slurred speech
- Disturbed coordination
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Sudden lack of care about physical appearance
Behavioral Signs of Addiction
- Drugs become the number one priority
- Failure to see risks
- The dosage continues to rise to get the same effect
- Drugs are not taken for the high they produce, but to avoid withdrawal symptoms
- Impaired judgment leads to increased risk of overdose
- Withdrawal occurs quickly without drugs
Social Signs of Addiction
- Old friends are replaced with a new, questionable crowd
- Refuse to maintain previous relationships
- Refuse to attend school or work
- Interacts negatively with law enforcement including arrests and court-ordered treatments
Don’t Wait. Call Today.
There is a wide variety of reasons to get help for your, or a loved one’s, addiction. Not only does it help to break the cycle for future generations, it helps the addict and their loved ones begin the healing process. In fact, if help is not received, the addiction can take everything from you. Call us today at 844-894-2673 for more information on how Liberty Bay can help.
It doesn’t matter what type of insurance you have; we can help. We accept a variety of plans including Cigna, Aetna, Humana, United Health Care, ValueOptions, GEHA (Government Employee Health Association), UMR (United Medical Resources), Providence Health Plans, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, or even state insurance. We also offer several, affordable self-pay options.
Contact Liberty Bay Recovery
At Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, Maine, we want to help you bring your mind, body, and soul to a place of wellness. We offer a variety of detox services for drug and alcohol plus drug and alcohol rehab services and dual diagnosis treatment. If you, or someone you love, need our help, contact us today.