Tips to be Fit: Knowing the signs of drug and substance abuse | News

September was National Recovery Month. However, recovery needs to be every year, month, day, hour, minute and second.

As with other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed. People in recovery are at risk of a relapse possibly for their whole lives.

Research shows that combining addiction treatment and medications with behavioral therapy ensures the best chance of success for most recovering patients. Treatments are tailored to each patient’s drug use patterns, with any related medical, mental or social problems being addressed.

(About 64,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses in 2016, a 21 percent increase from the 52,898 deaths reported in the previous year, according to a governmental account of nationwide drug deaths released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

If you think a family member, friend or someone they know is falling under the vices of legal or illegal substance, here are a few telltale things to check in various categories. The below information was supplied from a brochure from state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-190).

Marijuana, Grass, Pot, Weed, Reefer, Sensemilla, Hash, Mary Jane, Ganja, Kill, Dosia

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: Sleepiness, wandering mind, enlarged pupils, lack of coordination, craving for sweets, giggling, short term memory loss.

LOOK FOR: Cigarette or rolling paper, plastic bags containing dried parsley like material with small round seeds, strong odor of leaves, roach clips, pipe.

DANGERS: Inducement to try stronger drugs, distorted perception, chromosome damage.

Amphetamines, Speed, Pep, Crank, Tweak, Rush, Crystal Meth, Pills, Methamphetamine, Ice

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: Aggressive behavior, no appetite, rapid speech, confused thinking, dry mouth, shakiness.

LOOK FOR: Pills and capsules…

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