Almost 20.5 million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 of these individuals will receive treatment of any kind. As family members, we often hear the phrase, “I don’t have a problem,” when really the signs of addiction are present. Drug addictions can consist of a dependency on any or a mixture of drugs such as Nicotine, Heroin, Cocaine, Alcohol, Stimulants, Cannabis, Sedatives, Psychedelics, and Inhalants. At Turning Point of Tampa, a drug addiction diagnosis usually meets the following criteria:
Overuse and Cravings
Someone with a drug addiction disease will often take drugs in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended. They will have a persistent desire for the drug or experience unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control drug use. They will spend a great deal of time in activities necessary to obtain drugs, use drugs and recover from drug use and its effects. Cravings, or a strong desire to use drugs, will occur in any form.
Loss of Motivation
Additionally, a person with a drug addiction may demonstrate failure to fulfill life obligations such as work, school and family responsibilities. This loss of motivation or decrease in desire to obtain life goals can lead them in search of the initial high they once felt, contributing to increased usage and tolerance to drugs.
Destructive Decision Making
Using drugs despite medical advice that it may be detrimental to physical health and/or exacerbate already existing conditions, as well as continual usage even after multiple legal issues due to drug use.
“It is a long-lasting condition, it doesn’t go away. You can be in recovery, you can be drug or alcohol-free, but it’s a chronic use disorder that’s going to be with you for a lifetime, explains Robin Piper, CEO and Clinical Director of Turning Point of Tampa.
The best thing you can do if you or someone you know shows these symptoms is to seek treatment as soon as possible. Turning Point of Tampa is an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center that can help you on your road to recovery.