Because the use of alcohol is so embedded in American culture, it may be difficult to discern whether you or a loved needs help. Unlike the use of other, illicit drugs the signs and symptoms of alcohol use disorder may be difficult to identify. It was reported in 2015 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse that there were 15.1 million people diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder and only 6.7% of them received treatment. Our interpretation of this fact is that most people are not talking about their issue and subsequently rarely get treated for a potentially fatal illness. If you or someone you know near Longmont Colorado is struggling with alcohol addiction, call The Redpoint Center today to speak to someone who can help.
Here are some common signs and symptoms of alcohol use disorder:
- Short-term memory loss, both under the influence and in periods of abstinence
- Irritability and extreme mood swings
- Drinking to relax or “feel normal”
- Drinking in spite of, or instead of responsibilities and obligations
- Hiding or concealing the amount or frequency of use
- Changes in physical appearance
Opioid/Heroin Addiction .
The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis; the opioid epidemic. A 2016 report by the US Center for Disease Control states that on average, 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose. This reality has forced our country to remove the stigma that it once held for people that were addicted to drugs like heroin and oxycodone and other opiates. The statistics show that dependence on these substances is prevalent across all socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity and regions. Heroin and prescription opioid addiction is on the rise due to widespread availability both in a doctors office and on a street corner. It’s effects are easily concealed to an untrained eye. If you or someone you know near Longmont Colorado is struggling with opiate and/or heroin addiction, call The Redpoint Center today to speak to someone who can help.
Here is a list of things to look for if you are concerned that someone you love may be struggling with opioid dependence:
- Needle marks (red marks at site of injection, “track marks” (collapsed vein))
- Constricted, “pinpoint” pupils in areas of low or dim light
- “Nodding off” or having trouble staying awake at inappropriate times
- Flushed, colorless or itchy skin
- Unexplained or inappropriate mood swings
- High risk or reckless behavior
- Ambiguity around where or how their money is being spent
- Pawning off personal items and/or stealing from others
Stimulants are a broad class of drugs that are commonly referred to as “uppers”. A stimulant, which can be anything from the caffeine in a cup of coffee to medications prescribed by a doctor, to illicit substances like cocaine and methamphetamine. These drugs receive this classification because of its stimulating effect on the body’s central nervous system. Each drug presents its own unique set of risks, potential for abuse and side effects. If you or someone you know near Longmont Colorado is struggling with stimulant, meth, or cocaine addiction, call The Redpoint Center today to speak to someone who can help.
Below is a list of signs of abuse for the majority of stimulant drugs:
- Feeling of exhilaration and excess confidence
- Increased alertness and energy; restlessness
- Aggression or increased agitation
- Dilated pupils
- Confusion or disconnect from reality, delusions
- Anxious thoughts or paranoia
- Changes in heart rate; increased perspiration and blood pressure
- Visible signs of weight loss
- Nasal congestion and damage, if snorting stimulants
- Insomnia or abnormal sleep patterns
- Extreme mood swings
Despite popular belief, marijuana is recognized by the medical and psychological communities as an addictive substance. Similarly to alcohol, the cultural acceptance of marijuana use, will often cloud someone’s judgment when trying to discern if the use of the drug is indeed problematic. With the decriminalization of marijuana, products containing a high concentrate of THC, marijuana’s primary psychoactive ingredient, are widely available. With the accessibility to high concentrate items and an overall acceptance from the American public, marijuana is creating more problems than ever before. If you or someone you know near Longmont Colorado is struggling with marijuana addiction, call The Redpoint Center today to speak to someone who can help.
Here are some signs and symptoms to look for:
- An unexplained/warranted sense of euphoria
- Increased awareness of one’s senses; taste, visual and auditory
- Red or bloodshot
- Short term memory loss and difficulty concentrating
- Increased appetite
- Sudden increase or decrease in heart rate
- Disconnection from reality, delusions
- Anxiety and/or paranoia
- Dry mouth
- Changes in general affect or physical appearance
Methamphetamine is an extremely potent and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. The use of this drug was once considered to only be found in rural, lower-income communities, due to the simplicity of production. In recent years, the use of methamphetamine has become widespread across the United States and the globe. A common misconception is that the use of methamphetamine immediately results in an altogether deterioration of one’s physical appearance and life-circumstance. This is not the case, as the use of the drug initially produces desirable effects like euphoria and motivation. It is important to note the signs and symptoms of meth use, so the cycle of abuse can be interrupted as soon as possible. If you or someone you know near Longmont Colorado is struggling with meth addiction, call The Redpoint Center today to speak to someone who can help.
Here is a list of the symptoms associated with methamphetamine use:
- Increased sociability and loosened inhibitions
- An unexplained euphoric affect and positive outlook
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Dilated pupils and rapid eye movement
- Odd sleeping patterns; being awake for prolonged periods and followed by a “crash”/long periods of sleep
- Twitching, facial tics, unusual mannerisms/body language
- Dramatic mood swings
Mental Health Treatment.
It is not uncommon for those that suffer from substance use disorder to also be ailed with some sort of mental health disorder/instabilities. When these issues present themselves, it is important that the symptoms are closely monitored, and a correct diagnosis/treatment plan is assigned. Often times, the symptoms of a mental health disorders are the very thing an individual is trying to treat with the use of illicit substances; and it is not until that person is stabilized medically, that they can have an honest shot at sustaining a life of recovery. This is why the team at The Redpoint Center equips itself with a staff that is capable of making an accurate diagnosis, and employing effective treatment strategies for those in our program suffering from both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder. If you or someone you know near Longmont Colorado is struggling with a mental health condition, call The Redpoint Center today to speak to someone who can help.