Certain substances such as alcohol, opioids, inhalants, tobacco, etc, can change the mood and behavior of a person. Some use these substances occasionally for recreational purposes whereas some use these excessively. The use of these substances frequently and excessively can lead to a substantial impairment. It can affect one’s personal, professional, and social life.
This unusual behavior is not only limited to substance use but also gambling, gaming, shopping, and exploring the internet. Also known as ‘Substance Use Disorder’ and ‘Addictive Disorder’, it can interfere and hinder one’s ability to function optimally. This additive disorder can begin in early age groups and is extremely common in individuals aged between 18-24 years.
Frequent drug use can cause changes in the structure and chemistry of the brain. The drug injected into the body interacts with the limbic system of the brain and produces feelings of pleasure in the brain. As the use of drugs produces positive effects of an individual, he/she is more likely to repeat this behavior in the future.
Other reasons such as genetic factors (family history of substance use) and environmental factors (easy availability of drugs) also play a role in the development of drug dependence.
You should visit a psychiatrist if you or loved ones are engaged in the frequent use of drugs. A psychiatrist can help you overcome your addiction and improve your quality of life. Dr. Swati Mittal is a known psychiatrist who has years of experience in de-addiction treatment. She believes that with the right help, one can overcome addiction easily.
What are the signs of addiction?
- Increased indulgence in substance
- Inability to cut down or quit substance use
- Inability to function optimally and getting distracted by substance
- Intense craving
- Inability to perform tasks
- Inability to stop substance use despite interpersonal problems
- Losing interest in social events
- Inability to quit despite physical and psychological problems
- Feeling of withdrawal when not using the substance
- Behavioral changes
What is the treatment for De-Addiction?
The treatment is largely dependent on the severity of substance use. The approach for treatment varies from individual to individual. The treatment may include medication, therapy, and outpatient treatment. In more several cases, admission into a rehabilitation center may be required.
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