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The Differences Between Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse

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The Differences Between Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse

If you regularly use drugs, whether as an illegal substance or a prescription medication, and you believe you are on the path toward destruction because of this usage, obtaining treatment is the best possible means of recovery. Drug addiction and drug abuse are both difficult situations for a user. What is the difference, though? Are these two different situations when it comes to drug use? There are significant differences between addiction and abuse regarding drug usage, but both require a drug addiction treatment program. For more information about these differences, contact our men’s addiction treatment center today at 866.457.7590.

Drug Abuse And Its Properties

When someone uses drugs regularly, they will first experience drug abuse. Addiction usually follows. Several signs indicate drug abuse, including:

  • Difficulties with legal troubles that are caused by drug use or the behavior of the user while under the influence of drugs
  • Physical harm caused to other people as a result of the individual using drugs or a lack of action to stop an injury to others while the user was under the influence of drugs
  • Poor management of time and responsibilities pertaining to school, home, or work
  • Ongoing drug usage even when continued problems caused by abuse of the drug are apparent to the user

Drug Addiction And Its Properties

When drug abuse occurs, addiction usually follows if you don’t seek treatment. Addiction is both a physical and a mental health issue. It causes the drug user to feel as if they must have the drug to live. Some signs of drug addiction include:

  • Withdrawal symptoms (both physical and psychological) if the drug is not used
  • The need to increase the amount of the drug used to achieve desired results one obtained during initial drug use (tolerance level increases)
  • A decrease in interest of hobbies, time spent with others, goals, and achievements that were once important to the drug user
  • Spending time alone more and more and the avoidance of time spent with family members or friends
  • A desire to remain under the influence of drugs which leads to behavior that causes the user to focus upon obtaining and using the drug no matter what circumstances arise as a result of this action
  • Trying to stop drug usage without success over and over again
  • Continual use of drugs regardless of the problems the drug use has already caused for the person with an addiction

Know When To Seek Treatment For Drug Use

Whether someone is in the beginning stages of drug abuse or the later stages of addiction, treatment is critical. Those who struggle with addiction find it more difficult to remedy their current lifestyle situation. For this reason, getting help during the abuse stage is desirable. The addictive stage, however, can be treated if proper tools are in place for recovery.

Contact Red Oak Recovery®

Red Oak Recovery® uses a blend of clinical and holistic treatment options for drug abuse and addiction recovery. Our facility believes that separating users by gender is the best way to obtain help without distraction or criticism. We encourage our clients to use the outdoors as a method of treatment in tandem with traditional drug abuse and addiction processes. Some of our programs include:

  • Yoga therapy
  • Meditation therapy
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Family therapy
  • 12 step addiction recovery
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy

If you or someone you care for is struggling with drug abuse or addiction, we are ready to assist with the tools necessary for recovery. Contact us today at 866.457.7590 to find out more about our drug addiction treatment program and the methods we use to help clients successfully recover. We look forward to meeting you.