Get the Help that You Need at Drug Addiction Rehab

Tennessee is at the forefront of a dire opiate epidemic. The Tennessee Drug Control Update in found that, in 2007 and 2008, Tennessee was first out of all 50 states for the nonmedical use of pain relievers in people 26 or older. It was also in the top ten for use of illegal drugs (besides marijuana) among people over the age of 12. The proportion of drug-induced deaths in Tennessee during that time frame was 16.8 fatalities per 100,000 people, well above the national average of 12.7 per 100,000. As of 2014, the situation had not improved by much; the state ranked second per capita in the nation for use of prescription drugs, specifically opioid painkillers, which in turn caused a rise in heroin overdoses and usage. Tennessee has the eighth highest fatal drug overdose rate in the country. Heroin has comparable effects to many opioid pain relievers but is far cheaper—and more dangerous.

Drug addiction doesn’t have to ruin your life or the life of someone you care about. Contact Nashville Drug Rehab at (615) 246-0550 to find out about drug rehab programs.

 

How Drug Addiction Works

The causes of addiction are still not completely understood. Though addiction is now believed to be a mental disorder rather than a weakness or lack of willpower, there are a diverse and bewildering array of factors involved. Usually, there is some psychological stressor or illness involved. A person may be suffering from too much stress, or have a psychological disease such as schizophrenia or depression, and this causes them to use drugs to escape their emotional pain. A person may also be genetically vulnerable to addiction—if their parents or relatives were hooked on a substance, it makes them more likely to abuse a substance at some point in their lives. The person’s environment may also play a role. If they are surrounded by people using drugs, they may be tempted to try them just to see what it feels like, and if the right combination of genetic and psychological factors combine, addiction and abuse may result.

Why wait to get help when competent rehabilitation experts are just a phone call away? Dial (615) 246-0550 to learn about restoring your sobriety.

 

Recognizing Addiction Symptoms

Even if you are abusing a substance, you may not believe or even realize that you have a problem. Being vigilant for the telltale signs and symptoms of addiction is one way to learn whether you or a loved one needs immediate help. Some of the indicators of mental addiction or physical dependency include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Wearing long sleeves even on warm days (to hide needle tracks)
  • Poor hygiene
  • Irritability
  • Slurred speech
  • Abandoning once-loved pastimes
  • Sleeping all day, awake all night
  • Absent-mindedness
  • Drug paraphernalia such as shoes with no shoelaces, silver spoons, lighters, hypodermic needles, water pipes, etc.
  • Evasiveness or secretive behavior
  • A new and unsavory set of friends
The dangers of drug addiction are very real. Get help for yourself or a loved one by dialing Nashville Drug Rehab at (615) 246-0550 today.