From street drugs to prescription painkillers
Thousands of Australians face the social, economic and physical consequences of drug addiction every day. When drug addiction develops, it takes a wide-reaching toll on the addicted individual’s lifestyle, leading to personality changes, mood swings, financial difficulties and social isolation. From even the initial use of a drug, a complex series of chemical interactions begin to take place in the brain and body, leading to chemical imbalances that quickly render the user unable to stop drug use alone. DayHab's intensive outpatient addiction treatment program focuses on breaking the physical, psychological and emotional cycles of drug addiction.
Those suffering from addiction become trapped in committing unethical behaviours and misconduct against people and society at large. The transgressions are usually carried out as an attempt to hide, feed, or protect the drug addiction. Usually recent actions and transgressions are an attempt to solve problems that earlier violations have created. As this cycle of transgressions continues, drug addicted individuals begin to separate from those whom they love and care about and may even become hostile toward them. This separation and hostility creates guilt and an awkwardness, which requires those suffering from drug addiction to use more drugs or alcohol to mask the pain and negative feelings they created by their own actions.
Symptoms of Drug Addiction
- Compulsive seeking of drugs
- Aggressive or violent behaviour when using or seeking drugs
- Anxiety and panic
- Paranoid behaviour
- Psychotic episodes similar to schizophrenia
- Hyperactivity and hypersexuality
- Confusion, incoherence
- Negative impact on relationships, work, and school
- Thoughts of suicide