Effects of Drug Addiction

AddictionWhen your loved one is a drug addict or is abusing drugs, the toughest decision can be whether to ask him/her to enter drug rehab.

It can also be the best decision – for you and for your loved one.

Nobody knows your friend or family member better than you. But be sure you are methodical in your thinking.

Look for combinations of signs that your loved one may need to enter drug rehabilitation.

Drug Rehab Can Be the Hardest Decision

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Do you know how to recognize the signs someone is using drugs? Here we look at some telling signs of using some specific drugs. Spotting these signs can help in veering someone away from the hard path of drug addiction.

Dilated Pupils

A sign of drug use common to almost all drugs is dilated pupils for an extended period of time. Of course, this alone is not proof. It should be considered in combination with other symptoms.

Signs of Cocaine Use

101145727The cocaine user will likely be hyperactive when high and talk excessively. Soon after it wears off, the signs of cocaine use can vary: rapid shifts in mood, confusion, short temper, depression, poor eating habits (likely not hungry), excessive sleeping or severe sleeplessness, anxiety, even paranoia and panic attacks.

After long-term cocaine use, the person may exhibit signs like an often runny nose and frequent nosebleeds, along with an impaired sense of reality through paranoia, suspiciousness, even hallucinations.

Signs of Marijuana Use

Aside from the smell in clothing and hair, the signs of marijuana use are not difficult to recognize. The user will often have bloodshot eyes and even squint a lot. Another tell-tale sign is excessive hunger and compulsive eating (the “munchies”), especially of foods heavy in processed carbohydrates. The user can often be incoherent or talk nonsense, as well as laugh uncontrollably about anything. Other signs include listlessness, lethargy, loss of motivation, and short-term memory problems.

A certain sign of marijuana drug use is finding the paraphernalia – bongs, pipes, grinders, rolling papers, etc.

Signs of Methamphetamine Use

Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a particularly toxic drug and the signs of its use are quite clear. The user will be “wired” – hyperactive, sleepless, overly talkative – for a long period of time. He/she won’t eat, will likely be extremely nervous, will have sudden mood changes, will suddenly feel overly powerful and invincible, then will likely become paranoid and bitter and depressed. Angry psychotic outbursts for no reason are common, as is shaking, unusual sweating, confusion, agitation and blurred vision.

The longer-term user will lose weight dramatically and even have an unusual body smell bordering on ammonia. He/she will also develop severe dental health problems (“meth mouth”) and undergo shocking changes in facial appearance.

Signs of Heroin Use

Young woman with drug addiction. Black and white photoHeroin use can often be detected by noticing needle marks on the user’s body, especially arms. For many, the first sign of use of a potent drug like heroin is being in a dream-like state, almost asleep, for minutes to hours. Many users are so listless, they are incapable of doing anything. The user will sleep at strange times and may sweat strangely as well as sniffle and cough. One distinctive sign of heroin use is how a user’s pupils may stay contracted even with bright light shining in them.

Signs of Ecstasy/MDMA Use

Ecstasy – or MDMA – has been called the “love drug”. A user will show signs of elevated sensuality, become overly amorous, have markedly increased sex drive, and have very different reactions to things they see, hear and touch. Body temperature rises, emotional responses are more pronounced, and then the body may show signs of teeth clenching, muscle cramp, chills, sweating and nausea. Severe temperature increase can sometimes cause death.

If you think someone you know is showing signs of using drugs, contact a professional advice line or rehab facility. Do not confront the person, but listen to experts in the field about what you can do to help.

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Substance use and abuseSubstance use and abuse is something that cannot be taken lightly since it affects individuals involved and those close to them. Methamphetamine is one substance that has particularly adverse effects. This substance is also known by a number of other names including: Meth, Crystal Meth, Ice, Glass, Shabu, Trash, Tina, Tweak, Speed, Ventana, Uppers, Yellow Bam and Vidrio. Taking a close look at the effects of using this drug will reveal just why it is one of the most dangerous substances in the world today.

Methamphetamine is highly addictive. Even casual use can lead to fast addiction and withdrawal symptoms lasting months.

Side-Effects of Small Doses of Methamphetamine

This substance can be ingested a number of ways including swallowing, snorting, smoking and injecting. Once a person has taken this Continue Reading

Steroids, such as cortisone, prednisone and hydrocortisone, are legitimate drugs used to treat medical conditions. Anabolic steroids are drugs that replicate human sex hormones (such as estrogen and testosterone), which are often taken illegally and abused in an effort to alter physical appearance.

When used exactly as prescribed by a doctor, steroids can be helpful in a number of ways. Examples of cases that may lead to a doctor prescribing anabolic steroids can include delayed puberty, cancer and AIDS.

If someone decides to take steroids to the point of substance use and abuse, however, a number of complications can arise. In such cases, steroids abusers are taking from 10 to 100 times more than would normally be prescribed by a doctor to treat a condition or illness.

No Matter What You Call Them…

Steroids are also known by a number of common names, including:

  • steroidsJuice
  • Gym candy
  • Pumpers
  • Arnolds
  • Roids
  • Stackers

There are various side effects that can be noted in both male and female steroid users. These include: stunted growth, hostile and aggressive behavior, severe acne, irritability, high blood pressure, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and high risk of blood clotting. It is also worth noting that different people may experience other effects, depending on their lifestyle and the amount of steroids used.

Additional Risks of Steroid Substance Use and Abuse

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substance abuseA fallacy is essentially a falsehood or mistaken idea about something and when it comes to beliefs and ideas about drug addiction, there are plenty to choose from. The plain truth is, drugs ruin lives. Substance abuse commonly leads to broken families, failed careers, and even death. Essentially, whatever a drug addict says to make himself or herself feel better about taking drugs is a lie.

Here are just four of the most commonly held fallacies you may hear repeated by those trying to come to terms with and justify their substance abuse.

 

Falsehood #1 – Drugs Help You with Creativity

One of the fallacies that users often cite is that drugs help to boost their creativity. In order to really be creative, however, an individual generally needs to be truly interested in and engaged by life apart from any altered reality or Continue Reading

“I am not hurting anyone. I am only hurting myself.” This classic line is perhaps the biggest lie that drug addicts might make themselves believe. They deceive themselves with the thought that what they are dingo is okay, because nobody cares for them and they’re not hurting anybody else.

Sadly, the effects of drug abuse can weigh as heavily on an addicted person’s family members as it can on the addict personally. Even worse, by the time he or she truly realizes and openly acknowledges the need for help, a great deal of damage and a lot of heartache may already have been endured by a distraught family.

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When is a Good Time to Get Help for a Drug or Alcohol Addicted Person?

This is an often-asked question by people calling our line. They have heard different advice such as “when he hits rock bottom”, or “he/she has to say he/she wants to go”, “you will know when”, “after the holiday” etc., etc.

There is no better time than NOW – yes Right Now.

Why? Because you know the person is throwing their life away as a drug addict, and if you wait it may be too late.

What is rock bottom? We know of addicts who have overdosed, been medically saved, and as soon as they are released from the hospital they go use again. If that isn’t rock bottom how much lower can it be before they are dead and there is NO help?

If you are reading this and wondering about what to do for someone; don’t hesitate. Call the toll free number and talk to one of our counselors and find out what you should do and get it done.

Drug addiction does not wait for anyone; it just gets worse with each passing day.

 
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First, I’m going to tell you a little about me and my family. My name is Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is known nationwide for its crime rate. We have a lot of gangs and drugs. At one point we were # 2 in the nation in homicides per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor. He was certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3 years old because he was shot in the line of duty. He lives with us now and I still train with him because he likes it. I always liked the fact that there was no way to bring drugs into my house. Thor wouldn’t allow it. He would tell on you. The reason I say this is so you understand that I know about drugs.

I have taught in schools about drugs. My wife asks all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs.

I like building computers occasionally and started building a new one in February 2005. I also was working on some of my older computers. They were full of dust so on one of my trips to the computer store I bought a 3 pack of DUST OFF. Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a computer. A few weeks later when I went to use one of them they were all used. I talked to my kids and my two sons both said they had used them on their computer and messing around with them. I yelled at them for wasting the 10 dollars I paid for them.

On February 28 I went back to the computer store. They didn’t have the 3 pack which I had bought on sale so I bought a single jumbo can of Dust Off. I went home and set it down beside my computer.

On March 1st, I left for work at 10 PM. Just before midnight my wife went down and kissed Kyle goodnight. At 5:30 am the next morning Kathy went downstairs to wake Kyle up for school before she left for work. He was propped up in bed with his legs crossed and his head leaning over. She called to him a few times to get up. He didn’t move. He would sometimes tease her like this and pretend he fell back asleep. He was never easy to get up. She went in and shook his arm. He fell over. He was pale white and had the straw from the Dust Off can coming out of his mouth. He had the new can of Dust Off in his hands. Kyle was dead.

I am a police officer and I had never heard of this. My wife is a nurse and she had never heard of this. We later found out from the coroner, after the autopsy, that only the propellant from the can of Dust off was in his system. No other drugs. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 AM.

I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids ages 9 through 15. They even have a name for it. It’s called dusting. A take off from the Dust Off name. It gives them a slight high for about 10 seconds. It makes them dizzy. A boy who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how to do this about a month before. Kyle showed his best friend. Told him it was cool and it couldn’t hurt you. It’s just compressed air. It can’t hurt you. His best friend said so.

Kyle was wrong. It’s not just compressed air. It also contains a propellant called R2. It’s a refrigerant like what is used in your refrigerator. It is a heavy gas. Heavier than air. When you inhale it, it fills your lungs and keeps the good air, with oxygen, out. That’s why you feel dizzy, buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart. IT KILLS YOU.

The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There is no level that kills you. It’s not cumulative or an overdose; it can just go randomly, terribly wrong. IT’S NOT AN OVERDOSE. You don’t die later. Or not feel good and say I’ve had too much. You usually die as you’re breathing it in. If not you die within 2 seconds of finishing ‘the hit.’ That’s why the straw was still in Kyle’s mouth when he died. Why his eyes were still open. The experts want to call this huffing. The kids don’t believe its huffing. And that’s why it’s more accepted. There is no chemical reaction, no strong odor. It doesn’t follow the huffing signals. Kyle complained a few days before he died of his tongue hurting. It probably did. The propellant causes frostbite. If I had only known.

It’s easy to say hey, it’s my life and I’ll do what I want. But it isn’t. Others are always affected. This has forever changed our family’s life. I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be fixed. The pain is so immense I can’t describe it. There’s nowhere to run from it. I cry all the time and I don’t ever cry. I do what I’m supposed to do but I don’t really care. My kids are messed up. One won’t talk about it. The other will only sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can’t even describe how bad she is taking this. I thought we were safe because of Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and talked to our kids about them.

After Kyle died another story came out. A probation Officer went to the school system next to ours to speak with a student. While there he found a student using Dust Off in the bathroom. This student told him about another student who also had some in his locker. This is a rather affluent school system. They will tell you they don’t have a drug problem there. They don’t even have a dare or plus program there. So rather than tell everyone about this ‘new’ way of getting high they found, they hid it. The probation officer told the media after Kyle’s death and they, the school, then admitted to it. I know that if they would have told the media and I had heard, it wouldn’t have been in my house.

We need to get this out of our homes and school computer labs. Using Dust Off isn’t new and some ‘professionals’ do know about. It just isn’t talked about much, except by the kids. They all seem to know about it. April 2 was 1 month since Kyle died. April 5th would have been his 15th birthday. And every weekday I catch myself sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in the afternoon and waiting to see him get off the bus.

This Officer is asking for everyone who receives this email to forward it to everyone in their address book, even Law Enforcement Officers!

This message is true – go to www.snopes.com

for more info about it and search ‘dusting’.

Circulating on email
March 8, 2008

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LEDGER’S DEATH EMPHASIZES NEED TO HELP THOSE CAUGHT IN RELIANCE ON ADDICTIVE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

When a well-liked celebrity dies, the shock wave that rolls through society may generate a life-saving review of one’s assumptions and priorities. For example, with the death of basketball player Len Bias in 1986, millions of people suddenly became aware of the risk of heart attack from the use of cocaine. With actor Heath Ledger dying in New York with supplies of six prescription medications in his apartment, the best thing that may result is a re-examination of one’s reliance on prescription medications.

The use of prescriptions to put us to sleep, make us more alert, calm panic attacks, make more compliant students, or “take the edge off” daily living have become so commonplace as to seem harmless. What may be forgotten is that each drug is toxic to some slighter or greater degree, and each drug comes with a list of undesirable side effects and risk of overdose. There are no signs of intentional overuse by Mr. Ledger, however the risk of death is just as high from accidental overdoses as it is for those who abuse illicit drugs.

According to CNN, the six prescription medications in Mr. Ledger’s apartment were: Zopiclone, Diazepam, Lormetazepam, Temazepam, Alprazolam and Donormyl. Zopiclone, sold in the U.S. as Lunesta, is used to control insomnia. Diazepam is marketed as Valium and is used as a sedative and to help insomnia. Loremtazepam is sold in the U.K. for treatment of severe insomnia. Temazepam, which may be known to some under the brand name Restoril, is a strong sedative and helps induce sleep. Alprazolam is known by its trade name Xanax and is used for anxiety and panic attacks. Donormyl is a drug made in France that is used for severe insomnia.

Every drug in the list has addictive properties. Some are widely abused in the U.S. and Europe. Side effects from these drugs include agitation, loss of memory, confusion and respiratory depression.

Overuse of prescription drugs, whether accidental or intentional, can result in disaster. In 2006, seven million Americans ages 12 and older were current abusers of prescription drugs.

Source: Narconon News - Volume 8 Issue
February 2008

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