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Drug addiction  - whether to illegal drugs or prescription medicine - is a progressive disease that worsens over time, causing damage to physical, mental and emotional well-being. An individual who is addicted is unable to control their use of substances, leading to potentially fatal consequences. 

According to the United Nations, 31 million people suffer from drug use disorders, resulting in 200,000 recorded drug-deaths annually. 

However, the true toll is likely to be far higher as many drugs fatalities go unrecorded due to the underlying cause of death being misreported. Even if not directly resulting in death, drugs still destroy lives. Tear families apart. Ruin careers. And cause untold misery and suffering. 

Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs or other substances. They may mistakenly think that addicts lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. 

Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives.

However, what makes addiction to illegal or prescription drugs even worse is the stigma associated with it, which prevents many sufferers from seeking help due to fears about what other people will think of them. 

That is where a Phoenix Assessment can help: with our comprehensive assessment you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing whether you do have a problem and, if so, how best to treat it. Your assessment is completely confidential and will not be shared with anyone else (e.g. your doctor) unless you specifically instruct us to do so.

Symptoms of Drug Addiction - Alcohol & Drug Problems, Rehab & Addiction Treatment Centre in Spain
Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Some types of drugs will have specific symptoms, although symptoms common to misuse of any kind of drugs include:

  • Sudden changes in behaviour and daily routines
  • Mood swings; being irritable one moment and then suddenly cheerful
  • Becoming withdrawn from family and friends
  • Becoming careless about personal grooming
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports and other favourite activities
  • Changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeping during the day
  • Withdrawal symptoms like bloodshot eyes and frequent bloody noses
  • Changes in personality & behaviour like a lack of motivation, irritability, & agitation
  • Failing in attempts to stop
  • Becoming secretive

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