What are Depressants?
Symptoms of Depressant Abuse
- Cravings for a drug
- Physical dependence (this includes physical withdrawal when trying to stop taking the depressant)
- The need to continue taking the drug regardless of the problems you are experiencing.
(Substance Abuse, n.d.)
Symptoms of Withdrawal include:
Withdrawal symptoms can start as soon as 12 hours from the last dose of the depressant up to 72 hours after.
- Poor Appetite
- Rapid Pulse
- Rapid Breathing
- Blood Pressure Abnormalities
- Dangerous High Fevers
(Substance Abuse, n.d.)
What Causes Depressant Abuse?
There is no known cause for depressant abuse. There are factors that can be related to substance abuse such as: genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. There are usually multiple factors that relate to a person who experiences substance abuse.
- Mental Illness
- lack of friends - inability to connect with others
- poor performance at work or school
- poor stress coping skills
- Growing up in a home with drug abusers present
- Participating in sports where performance enhancing drugs are encouraged
- lower socioeconomic status
- Gender and ethnicity
First, and foremost the most important step in treatment is detoxification. By reducing the dosage gradually this can help with the severity of withdrawal symptoms. If the problem is severe placement in a hospital may be required, for the safety of the individual.
Evaluation from a medical professional is recommended, since drug abuse is usually associated with other problems.
Some beneficial treatment options are:
- Behavioral Groups
- Group programs
(Substance abuse, n.d.)
If you need help right now you can call 1-800-943-0566 or visit http://drugabuse.com/library/how-to-help-a-drug-addict/
Myths and how to Overcome them
- Once an addict, always an addict - FALSE - there is help out there, and you can overcome your addiction. It takes work, but you can succeed and overcome this! (Jaffe,2012)
- You have to hit rock "bottom" - FALSE - it is best to get help before you get to your rock bottom point, sometimes it is too late when a person hits rock bottom. (Jaffe,2012)
- Alcoholism cannot be cured - FALSE- with treatment, such as counseling (group or individual) alcoholism can be "cured". It is recommended for a person who is an alcoholic to sustain from alcohol consumption for best results. (Heibutzki, 2010)
- Drugs "fry" your brain - this statement gives the illusion that a substance abuser is "damaged" You are not a damaged person, no person is a damaged person. (Jaffe, 2012)
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