If you are concerned that you or someone you care about may be suffering from alcohol, prescription or illegal drug addiction, the pages on this site will provide the information you need to understand more about addiction and the resources available to help you find a solution.Here at BADAS you will learn…
- The symptoms to look out for…
- How to determine the level of addiction…
- How and where to get help and advice..
- What Treatments are Available…
- What Options you have to get the treatment you need for you or someone you care about…
Addiction can turn the world upside down for not only for the addict but also for those around them that love and care about their wellbeing. Once a person is caught up in the downward spiral of alcohol or drug abuse their life, personality and relationships deteriorate to such an extent that they become hardly recognisable to the people that care for them or to themselves. If they are unable to escape from the claws of their addiction their life will inevitably end in tragedy and quite likely, an early grave.
Alcohol and drug addiction extinguishes the very fabric of a person’s life so it is essential that help is sought at the earliest possible point. The faster the addiction can be brought to an end the less of their life will be lost.
What is Addiction?
In real terms something is only an addiction if it starts to cause a problem for the individual or for those that are associated with them. As far as Alcohol and Drugs go addiction is said to be cause both physical and mental dependence.
Physiological Dependence means:
Their tolerance for the substance has increased and therefore they need to take more to reach the point where their need is satisfied.
Where they experience withdrawal symptoms if they try and reduce or stop taking the substance altogether. It is sometimes the fear of withdrawal symptoms that stop the person from attempting to end their addiction. Regardless of the fact that withdrawal is rarely any worse than recovering from a bout of flu.
Psychological Dependence means:
The person taking the substance feels that they have to keep taking the substance to feel normal or to allow them to cope with the everyday stresses and pressures of life. They are unable to cope with the thought of a reduction in their consumption or god forbid quitting altogether.
Suffering with psychological dependence also means the person will likely experience cravings for the substance in question. These cravings can be an intensely deep inner urge to use drugs or alcohol and even people that have abstained from use for many years can still experience these cravings for the substance they previously abused.
What are the Types of Addiction?
There are many different substances that people can become addicted to and the following list encompasses the most common:
• Alcohol Addiction
• Opioids (Such as Heroin)
• Prescription Drugs (Including Pain Killers, Sedatives, Sleeping Pills Etc)
• Other Unspecified Substances
What are the Symptoms of Drug or Alcohol Misuse?
Although the symptoms of substance abuse can be subtle or obscure the following are the typical signs that abuse is occurring:
• Alcohol or drugs are being taken more frequently than 4 to 8 times a month
• You use Drugs or Alcohol in order to feel better
• You engage in drugs or alcohol through peer pressure
• You know you should really stop but you don’t want too.
The following symptoms and signs are typical of an addiction issue:
• The first thing you do each day is to take the substance
• You ensure that your plan for the day allows you to participate in the substance
• You worry about having enough of the substance to ensure you won’t run out
• You will do whatever it takes to procure your drugs or alcohol
• You are spending more and more of your income of drugs or alcohol
• You feel that you need the substance in order to be normal
• You feel that you can’t cope with life without the substance
• You are using more of the substance to get the same effect
• You avoid talking to anyone that raises concerns over your use of the substance
If you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself or in the person you are concerned about we urge you to take the steps to get help right away. The quicker either you or the one you care about get the help that’s needed the greater the chances of the addiction being successfully treated. On the reverse side of that it is also true that the longer treatment is delayed the more difficult it is to achieve long-term sobriety.