A Few Reasons for Substance Use/Abuse
More often than not, drug addictions start with an experimental use of a drug in social situations. For some people, drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good.” Other people experience traumatic events that prompt them to seek an escape from their pain. Life losses, deep disappointments, and real or perceived mistreatment by others can also motivate people to self-medicate with harmful substances. These foreign toxins not only alter the brain’s executive functioning but also change the brain’s chemistry with frequent and enduring use. Living in an altered mental state often leads to poor decisions which can create more suffering.
When we see this happen to a loved one, we do everything we can to help. But sometimes, our unconditional love simply isn’t enough.
Signs and symptoms of recent use include:
- A feeling of exhilaration and excess confidence
- Increased alertness
- Increased energy and restlessness
- Behavior changes or aggression
- Rapid or rambling speech
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- Delusions and hallucinations
- Irritability or changes in mood
If your loved one comes to mind with any of the above symptoms and behaviors, it may be time to intervene.
Scheduling Help Today
As a professional counselor, I am trained to recognize the interplay of substance use with behavioral and mental health. Perhaps family therapy would uncover issues contributing to the substance use. I can provide a safe, respectful environment for creating change for your family. If a higher level of intervention is needed, I can connect you to a specialized addictions counselor or relevant clinic or agency.
I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with the goals and desires of your loved one. I invite you to contact me today to schedule an appointment.