Substances abuse is a term that used to described alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. People use substances abuse for their own personal reason. It may begin in childhood or the teen years that they have been expose to cigarettes, alcohol and illegal drugs.
Certain risk factors may increase someone’s to substance abuse. Family is a factor where it may lead their child into substance abuse with having chaotic at home, ineffective parents and lack of parental attachment. Another factor that may cause the abuse is his or her social life outside of the family. It may increase the risk including behavior; socialize skills, performance skills and isolating yourself from others.
Family members and your friends that you hang out with may be among the first to recognize the signs of substance abuse because they are the people that is usually around you most of the time. Noticing the sign of substance abuse early increases the chance for successful treatment. Signs that you should watch out include: giving up on education and activities, decreasing on grade, behavior, and isolating yourself from families and friends.
Knowing yourself can be a good help. If you notice that you have a substance abuse problem and want to quit, a doctor can help you. The doctor can refer you to community resources where you may get treatment. A doctor also may prescribe with medications to control craving and help you to manage medical complications resulting from substance abuse. Before that make sure to let your doctor know what drugs are you taking and how you’re using it. With that being said, call your doctor if you see things that are not normal such as: yellow skin and eyes, cough that doesn’t seem to go away, continued to feel sadness or depression and having fever. Contact 911 emergency immediately when thoughts of harming yourself or others, confusion, chest pain, rapid heart beat and difficulty of breathing.
Most people that under substance abuse they believe that they can stop using drugs on their own, but it turns out that majority who tried did not succeed. Research shows that people that have use drugs for a long time; the drugs alter their brain function and strengthen compulsions to use drugs. The craving doesn’t stop, it’ll continue. And because of the continuation on craving, the most important component of treatment is preventing to go back to. Treating substances depends on both the person and the substance that are being used. For behavioral treatment, a counselor provides you with strategies to cope with drug cravings and way to avoid of going back. Another thing is that, your doctor may prescribe medications to control withdrawal symptoms and drugs craving.
Substance abuse may start in childhood or adolescence. In order to prevent substance abuse is to increase the communication between parents and their children, teach them resistance skills and to provide them information about substance abuse. Another thing that can prevent kids from using substance abuse is by being educated in school, media, and by having an environment of social disapproval from children’s peers and families.
Articles by Mai Thao/Youth Media Force