Defining a Drug Abuse Problem

Defining a Drug Abuse ProblemIt may be difficult to determine a drug abuse problem. In fact, Chicago residents may have considerable trouble determining recreational drug abuse from a serious drug problem. However, if people learn about the signs of drug abuse, they can identify dangerous habits and seek help before too much trouble develops.

Levels of Drug Use

Before speculating on what level of drug use can be problematic, then Chicago residents should consider different amounts of use and the effects they have on users. Some graduated levels of drug intake are as follows:

  • Recreational use — This means that people only ingest drugs for pleasure, but they have enough control over their drug use to refrain when they know they will need to be sober
  • Casual use — People may use the drug frequently, but not enough for overdose or intense side effects
  • Compulsive use — Users may believe that they cannot function properly without using a drug. This is also known as the beginning stage of dependence, which can be a physical and/or mental drive.
  • Abuse — Not only will Chicago drug users abuse drugs at all times, but they will also take higher doses than they can to be healthy. However, they are still in denial about the level of dependence, assuming they can stop when they want to.
  • Addiction — People have addictions in the previous stage, but also if they know they cannot stop using the drug at will. This may be because they either resign to this state or see nothing wrong with drug use.

These delineations are flexible and will look differently for everyone, but they serve as guidelines to identify how severe one’s drug use has become.

Problematic Aspects of Drug Use

Though these progressive stages of addiction are increasingly serious, Chicago users should remember that all unsupervised, nonmedical drug use is problematic. Even using a drug exactly as a doctor prescribes is a potential problem, because the temptation to adjust one’s doses is always present. This is not to say that one should never use prescription medication, but knowing the danger then anyone who does so should have at least one close friend or family member aware of his use. The stronger the drug, the more necessary this precaution becomes. Addiction escalates often before the user realizes it, poisoning his body and weakening his mind until he is powerless to stop it. This is why those with drug abuse problems desperately need community to discuss the consequences of drug use.

Chicago Drug Abuse Help

If you or a Chicago loved one crosses from drug use to drug abuse and you don’t know the way out, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day, so no matter what time you call, we are here to assist you with life-saving information and encouragement. Call today to learn how we can help.