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Causes of Accidental Drug Addiction

Causes of Accidental Drug AddictionFew people who become addicted to a substance set out to do so intentionally. Regardless of whether the drug use began as the result of a doctor’s prescription or illicit behavior, many Boise residents do not come to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction until they are suffering significant consequences from the drug use. Addiction can quickly escalate into a life-threatening problem, so it is crucial that it is recognized as a serious disease requiring immediate professional attention.

How a Boise Resident Becomes Addicted without Realizing It

Many legal prescription drugs have a strong effect on the chemical functioning of the brain and present a strong threat of addiction, both physical and psychological. In many cases a Boise resident will begin using a drug to treat a legitimate medical need. He will then build up a tolerance to the drug, requiring increasing doses in order to achieve the effect they want, using more of the drug than was prescribed under the assumption that since it’s legal, it’s safe. Through this process the individual may begin to rely increasingly on the effects of the drug, which can often include feelings of euphoria or well-being, and continue to use it regardless of the negative effects that may arise. He may begin to seek out the drug by illegal means and become obsessed with obtaining and using it. Since this is a gradual process, the person may not recognize that an addiction is present or may be in denial.

Often people begin using a drug as a way to escape life’s problems, self-medicate a mental health disorder, find acceptance with peers, or simply have fun, not recognizing the dangers associated with the use of the substance. Many addictive drugs can impact the body and mind in such a way as to cause addiction after just one dose. Young people in particular are susceptible to accidental addiction because they simply do not recognize the danger in many situations. Regardless of how an addiction begins, the individual must receive adequate professional treatment.

The Warning Signs of Addiction

Addiction happens when the drug becomes the focus of your life, to the detriment of yourself and others. Most Boise residents with an addiction will work hard to try and hide their problem, but the following are signs to watch out for:

  • Neglecting one’s responsibilities
  • Taking risks while high
  • Legal problems
  • Tolerance to the drug
  • Lack of interest in things once enjoyed
  • Bloodshot eyes or pupil changes
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Lack of personal grooming
  • Unusual smells
  • Poor attendance at school or work
  • Financial problems
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Unusual behavior

Addiction Help for Boise Residents

While addiction is a disease, it is treatable. When a Boise resident gets the help he needs, full recovery is possible. Addiction requires a comprehensive program of rehab treatment that is individualized to address each individual’s specific needs. While detox to overcome a physical addiction is necessary, it is crucial that one uncovers and finds ways to cope with any underlying issue that might be contributing to the addiction. The earlier treatment is sought, the greater the chances of achieving a full and lasting recovery.

Accidental Addiction Help

Have you or another Boise resident developed an addiction unintentionally? Please get help before the problem intensifies. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to get you the help you need, so call our toll-free number now.