Posts tagged ‘drug addiction’

November 7th, 2013

Common Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abusers at Workplace

by Dov Waxman

Drug abusers at workplace cost billions of dollars to the employer in the form of increased liability, compensation benefits, insurance premiums, medical claims, sick leave payment, etc. To avoid these costs the employer should implement drug testing programs at both pre-employment process and post employment process. Conducting drug testing programs helps ensure the workplace is free from drugs.

Employers can know the signs and symptoms of the drug abused employee in their organization. Below are some of the signs and symptoms that is seen in drug abusers. But be aware that these signs and symptoms may even point to the problems other than drug use. Like it may be because of physical or mental issues, or due to stress or lack of sleep are any other reason. Because if the drug test is positive, it may lead to liability.

Signs and symptoms of drug abused employees

  • Poor attendance: Employees who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, usually you can see the following signs and symptoms:
  • Drug abusers arrives late in the morning and leave the job early.
  • Takes frequent leaves or day off for simple reasons
  • Gives unrelevant explanation or vague reasons for the absence or for the late arrival.
  • Sometimes he may take prolonged and unpredictable leaves.
  • Takes long lunch break.

  • Behavior:
  • Drinks or takes drugs on the job or during the lunch breaks.
  • Gives unclear statements and takes poor decisions.
  • Undergoes frequent injuries or accidents on the job and off the job and sometimes even damages the property of the organization.
  • Borrows money from the fellow employees.
  • Their mood is irritable, depressed, excessively talkative behavior or else stops talking with their co-workers.
  • Improper dressing, poor hygiene, sudden weight gain or loss, tremors on hands or legs, bloodshot eyes, etc.
  • Unnecessarily argues with their co-workers and supervisors for their mistakes, over-confident, not co-operative, poor listening skills, over reacts to real or imagined criticism, etc.
  • Sometimes, they may call drug dealers to the workplace or may sell drugs to their fellow workers.

  • Work performance: Drugs clouds the mind and slows down the reflexes of the individual. So, if the mind of the individual is not clear – accidents may happen or may do damage to the property of the organization. The following are some of the signs that can be seen in drug abused employees.
  • Shows poor or lack of concentration at work and in meetings
  • Falls asleep in meetings
  • Forgets or misses the deadlines
  • Low productivity
  • Unable to take and make clear decision
  • Work performance goes far below the expected level

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July 10th, 2011

Tips to Avoid Club Drug Addiction

by Edwin Rosenthal

Getting addicted is more easy that getting away from addiction. Many drug addicts know this fact but the funny thing is that, they know this after they completely get addicted to them. Realizing, the fact even before the complete addiction is of much use to stay away from those dreadful things which may ruin lives. They are many people who feel sad about their behavior and habits of drug abuse. We still have so many people who are trying to leave the drugs. The only thing which should be in mind when somebody are trying to leave the drugs is, ‘nothing is impossible’. The moment they think like this they can achieve any thing and every thing. Here are some more tips which might be helpful to some of us.

Analyze the benefits: Start analyzing the benefits you derive from using these club drugs. At the same time try to find out the harmful affects either from your own experiences or from different sources. Once you are done, just compare the advantages with the disadvantages. You will definitely come to a conclusion that the adverse affects are more when compared to the pleasure you are getting from them. Like this, continue the conscious effort and on one day you will definitely reach what you are dreaming for.

Be away from your friend abusers: This tip of avoiding your peer groups whom you previously used to abuse with, helps a lot to give away the habit of drug abuse. If you don’t have the intention of abusing and still be with the friend abusers, you might be forced to do it again. So, it is better to stay away till you become physically strong about your decision.

Take support: You may not get any support for doing illegal things, but the moment you decide to give up illegal things like drug abusing you can find many hands to help and many people to support you. Mainly the persons whom you care, these persons when hear your great decision will definitely come forward to help you recover. Never hesitate to share your feelings with them. This will let you out from the depression and stress you were in to.

Take suggestions: Besides all your efforts if you are still getting influenced by these things take suggestion of the people who will help you recover. Consulting a psychiatrist, or a doctor and by taking the necessary treatment you can easily recover from your state of mind.

These are some of the tips that any one, who are trying to get rid of drug addiction can follow and see positive results.

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June 5th, 2011

How to Diagnose Addiction to Prescription Drugs

by Edwin Rosenthal

Prescription drugs are used to treat physical pain, anxiety and sleep disorders etc. These prescription drugs are suggested by the doctor. There is a tendency in many patients to become dependent on these drugs and they continue to take the drugs even after the disease is cured, which leads to addiction. Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused drugs after marijuana. Some of the prescription drugs are available over the counter.

Following are the instructions to diagnose addiction to prescription drugs:

  • First and important thing in diagnosing prescription drug abuse is to consult a doctor. The doctor asks the drug addict and his family about the behavior of the individual at the home. Depending on the answers given by the patient and his family members for the questions of the doctor, he comes to a conclusion about the stage of the addiction and condition of the patient.
  • Proscription drug addiction can also be diagnosed by conducting the blood test as these can give the exact results. Blood from the drug addict is collected and tested in the laboratory for the presence of the prescription drugs.
  • Other way is to consult a psychologist as he can evaluate the behavior of the individual and this helps the psychologist in determining if he or she is suffering from symptoms of addiction or withdrawal.
  • One way is to observe the behavior of the drug abuser. The general behavior of the addicts is different, these individuals have the tendencies to with draw from social, recreational and occupational activities. They will be day dreaming and do not respond to the questions asked to them.
  • Prescription drugs are suggested for a patient to cure the disease and if the individuals are already addicted to these drugs, the prescribed drugs will not show any effect and they will not reduce the symptoms of that disease.
  • In the individuals who are addicted to the prescription drugs there will be a change in the clothing patters and they may have a dazed look. This should be observed carefully and should be taken to a psychologist.
  • Depending on the drug taken, excessive sweating and flush skin may also be present in the persons who are abusing prescription drugs. These things create weakness in the abuser and hence should be taken to the doctor immediately.

Diagnosis should be given at the right time to the abuser. By following the above instructions, diagnosis should be provided in the appropriate way and time.

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May 25th, 2011

Know the Important steps to Stop Smoking

by Edwin Rosenthal

Cigarette smoking causes many changes in the body, these changes are caused because the body is addicted to nicotine present in the cigarette. Nicotine when inhaled enters in to the blood from lungs, then it reaches brain and performs chemical reactions, which makes the individual get addicted to it. Factors like nicotine dependence, genetic factors, and psychosocial factors influence maintenance of smoking behavior in the people. Nicotine persists in the body up to six to eight hours after smoking is stopped. Nicotine is one of the addiction that is very difficult to stop but one can quit smoking by implementing the following steps:

  • First of all it is important to take a decision to quit smoke and stick to the decision. Therefore, fix a date.
  • It is better to take some time to get rid of everything related to cigarettes before the actual date.
  • Do some physical activities like walking, running, doing some easy stretches, or reading a book.
  • It is better to drink water or juices or tea and this is done to focus on something pleasant instead of smoking.
  • Think positively and don’t get anxiety or depression. Think that you have made a good decision.
  • Make creative changes in your life and try a new activity which has something fun to take your mind off smoking.
  • Do not use minor problems as a reason to smoke and there should be no excuses when you decide to quit smoking.
  • Use the money spent for purchasing cigarettes for other purposes like to enjoy a night out for yourself, or with a friend.
  • Also think about the negative effects of the smoking on the health.
  • Look for the alternatives for nicotine which do not produce harmful effects on the health such as nicotine gum, the trans dermal patch, nasal spray, and inhaler etc. for some days.

To stay away from smoking needs strong determination, hence all the above steps along with strong will power will definitely ensure success in leaving the habit of smoking.

November 18th, 2010

Facts about Drug Abuse and Addiction

by Edwin Rosenthal

Drugs are the chemicals, which have susceptible impact on neuro-chemical balance of human brain that effects feelings and actions of an individual. Abusing drugs often or regularly leads to addiction. Although there is no particular age limit for drug addiction, earlier abuse causes more serious drug addiction.

Reasons for addiction
Every abuser has a different reason for drug abuse or addiction. Mostly to escape from problems, people abuse drugs, and become addicted. Many factors influence the individuals like social environment, person’s biology, and age. Family, friends, life style of individual contribute to drug abuse. Critical stages of life along with genetic, and environmental factors also affect drug addiction susceptibility.

Effects of addiction
Complications of drug addiction are very high and it is like a disease that affects brain, and total functioning of the body. Brain’s communication system is affected with the chemicals present in drugs as they disrupt the process of information flow to nerve cells. Short and long term effects are seen in the abuse due to drug addiction.

  • Short term: The chemicals present in the drugs will blow into the brain’s communication system. These chemicals can disturb the functioning of the “reward circuit” of the brain. Many short-term consequences are observed in abuser’s health and avoiding drug abuse can help in overcoming the short-term consequences. Sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, running nose, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, depression, headache, dizziness, effects on memory and respiratory problems etc are found with short term drug addiction.
  • Long term: Serious long-term effects are found with drug abuse and addiction changes brain chemical system and circuit. These effects can lead from mild itching to coma and to death of the drug abuser. This addiction facilitates the user in experiencing uncontrollable cravings particularly when they see place or person associated with drug. High drug addiction can lead for infectious diseases, breathing related diseases, veins, or nervous collapse, and abuser can even die in minutes in certain situations.

The above addressed information about reasons and effects of drug abuse and addiction can be useful in preventing drug abuse. Prevention programs and educating the people about effects can be helpful in preventing drug abuse and addiction in society. If it is not controlled at right time, these drugs can become masters of abuser’s life. The consequences of addiction of drug can be overwhelming to both the user and to the user’s family members.


August 11th, 2010

Know About Marijuana Addiction

by Dov Waxman

Addiction is a chronic disease which may occurs a result of consumption of the drug. Sometimes, the general usage may lead to addiction. Because of the changes in the brain due to drugs, the addiction becomes a compulsive behavior. Initially, when a person starts the using one may feel pleasant and happy because of the reactions in the brain. At the end, if they want to get rid of from the usage of the drugs they cant withdraw from the usage because of the mood swings.

Now coming to the marijuana addiction, it occurs because of excessive usage of marijuana. Here in this type of addiction, uncontrollable cravings towards marijuana will occur. One might take a strong decision regarding the quitting the marijuana usage but the relapse conditions will overwhelm the marijuana usage.

By the use of marijuana, one becomes both physically and mentally addictive. Once the person gets addicted, the person cannot think beyond marijuana and it will rule him. Marijuana contains the THC component which will effect the changes in the brain.

One can easily find out a person who is addicted to marijuana. He/she who is addicted will always stay in the isolation. One can see the joints of used marijuana in his pockets or in his room. His clothes stink. They carry huge amounts of marijuana with them when they travel. They look always stressed and depressed.

After a person gets addicted, he/she might do illegal things as a part of their behavioral changes. Generally, they steal money for buying marijuana, even link up with the persons who sell marijuana, do crimes because of behavior changes. All these can be avoided by regularly using marijuana drug test kits; if addicted, getting an effective treatment for curing the addiction.

March 15th, 2010

Few Serious Mental Disorders Related To Chronic Drug Abuse

by Debbie Harry

Most of the chronic drug abusers or drug addicts suffer from a severe mental disorder simultaneously. Drug treatment and medical experts call this aspect a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis.

Few common serious mental disorders related to chronic drug abuse are bipolar disorder, manic depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and antisocial personality disorder. Few of these disorders are related to more risk of drug abuse

Researchers at present are inspecting the most suitable method to treat drug abusers suffering from mental illness, and particularly the possibility of treating both conditions simultaneously which finally leads to better recovery.

In few cases, people having serious mental disorders (mostly undiagnosed) consume drugs to relieve their symptoms. This process is known as self-medicating. According to the American Psychiatric Association, individuals suffering from schizophrenia at times use substances like marijuana in order to reduce the disorder’s adverse symptoms (depression, apathy, and social withdrawal), to get engaged in auditive illusions and overly suspicious dreams, or to reduce the negative effects of their medication, like depression and restlessness.

In some cases, mental disorders happens by drug abuse. For instance, MDMA (3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy), generates long-term deficiencies in serotonin function in the brain, resulting in mental disorders like depression and anxiety. Chronic drug abuse by adolescents at the time of developmental years is a specific concern as it can obstruct normal socialization (Learning the customs, attitudes, and values of a social group, community, or culture) and intellectual development and thus repeatedly leads to the development of mental disorders.

Chronic substance abuse and severe mental disorders may happen entirely independent of one another.

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