At Aurora Recovery Centre, we understand that everyone is different. We have a different past, needs and goals. People with addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders need custom treatment plans to help them heal and connect with others to experience the gift of recovery for life.
However, many people living with addictions avoid the formal care that rehab provides and try to get better on their own. Which, can be extremely difficult.
Here are some telltale signs to look for with someone you know that needs help.
Your loved one’s drug of choice is their main priority
As addiction progresses, people’s true selves start to fade away along with their interests, hobbies and daily activities. If substance use consumes their thoughts throughout the day, and they increase the amount of time, effort and resources to acquire their drug of choice, they may be an addict.
If you notice that someone you know is starting to isolate themselves from their friends and family, this is a telltale sign of addiction. Addiction doesn’t just stem from habitual substance abuse either. There are psychological symptoms and side effects as well.
Their health is crumbling
Depending on someone’s drug of choice, there are specific side effects both mentally and physically.
Physical health consequences can be mild or fatal, depending on how long someone has been using, the amount of time they’ve been taking the drug, and what the drug is.
Most drugs alter a user’s mental state. People with addictions may form anxiety, depression, and even experience symptoms of psychosis. If you notice a drastic change in someone’s behaviour or physical health, it’s vital you get them help as soon as possible.
Aurora Recovery Centre is one of the only facilities in Canada that has 24/7 detox, with doctors, nurses, therapists, and counsellors on-site at all times and continuously monitors and treats our members’ mental, physical and spiritual health.
Their tolerance makes them use excessive amounts
When someone begins taking a drug, they aren’t used to the effects, so they may feel at their “best,” leading to repetitive use to maintain that feeling.
Over time, the body becomes immune to the drug resulting in the body needing more to feel the high it desires. This causes someone to have a higher risk of overdosing.
For example, opioids and drugs such as heroin slow a person down physically and numb them out. The more someone takes can put them at a greater risk of dramatically and dangerously slowing down their breathing and pulse. When this occurs, it can lead to death.
No drug is worth losing a life over.
Your loved one has a co-occurring mental illness
There are numerous reasons why people abuse substances. One main cause is self-medicating for a mental illness which causes them to use. Most drugs alter the mind and are commonly used to cope. They alter the way they think, behave and feel.
However, long-term use can trigger or worsen their mental health symptoms. Treating a co-occurring condition is far more complex than masking it with a substance. Not addressing these conditions, while trying to seek treatment, can result in relapse.
If you know someone experiencing the above signs, speak with one of our addictions specialists today.
They tried to quit unsuccessfully on their own
In recent years, addiction has been recognized as a chronic condition with periods of relapse and recovery. Each day, people try to end their use with different plans, usually with self-help groups, but that’s not nearly enough for some. These groups lack the intensity required to properly address and treat an individual’s needs.
At Aurora Recovery Centre, we take a holistic approach that treats each of our members’ specific needs and conditions. We address the mental, physical, and spiritual issues they need to overcome through our residential and outpatient programs. These options provide a safe, structured, medical, and therapeutic approach.
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