Alcohol and Drug Addiction Care
Addiction, be it to alcohol, drugs, gambling or any other addictive behaviour, is a chronic brain disorder that causes individuals to compulsively use substances or perform actions despite knowing their harmful consequences.
Alcohol remains the most common form of addiction because it is a legal drug that is available in social settings. It can produce pleasant feelings despite consuming lower amounts, but recklessness induced by excessive drinking can lead to serious injuries and accidental death. With time, excessive drinking may lead to alcoholism, an illness associated with depression and numerous health conditions such as liver damage and infertility.
On the other hand, drugs are used heavily despite being illicit. What further makes them dangerous is the fact that they include addictive substances that make users unable to stop using them. As a result, they can cause brain damage in addition to physical changes such as elevated blood rate and blood pressure.
Symptoms and Causes You Should Know About
Addiction in general is identified by the inability to limit use of a substance, a craving or compulsion to use the substance, and attempts to stop using only to suffer from irritability and anxiety. Addicts may not be able to function properly at work and their relationships may suffer eventually. In addition, alcohol and drug addiction may cause financial difficulties, especially since drugs are costly.
As for causes, numerous mental conditions may lead to drug dependency. Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and schizophrenia may lead to substance abuse to ease the distress of their symptoms. Other factors that could lead to drug abuse include genetics, chemical deficiency, and a shared environment.
Dr Ahmed will suggest treatment depending on the type of substance and its effects. In addition, medicines may be required at first to help addicts cope with withdrawal symptoms. For example, anti-depressants may be used to treat depression, anxiety and restlessness.
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