Signs of Drug Abuse in Washington State
Recreational drug use turns into substance abuse when a person craves the drug. At Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, we offer a variety of drug rehab and treatment options for individuals struggling with drug or alcohol abuse.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Seattle), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.
Many users who become addicts will do so as a result of experimenting with alcohol or drugs in social situations at school or with friends. Although addiction doesn’t happen to everyone, it is a frequent occurrence. The chance of becoming addicted and the speed at which it happens depends on the substance being used. Some have a greater likelihood of causing addiction than others.
As drug dependency grows, you develop a tolerance, so you need more to get the same effects. As use persists, you may have a difficult time functioning without being under the influence of the substance. Attempting to stop using the drug will result in withdrawal symptoms, which can be severe after prolonged or heavy drug use.
Common Signs of Drug Abuse
- Cravings or strong urges to use the substance
- Having to use the substance regularly to feel normal
- Requiring increasingly larger amounts of the drug to achieve the same effect
- Buying drugs even though you can’t afford them, causing serious financial distress
- Neglecting social and work-related responsibilities
- Acquiring and using the drug takes up a significant amount of your time
- Finding it impossible to stop using the drug, even when making a serious attempt
- Willingness to go to extremes to acquire more of the substance
- Engaging in hazardous behaviors such as promiscuous sex, needle-sharing, and driving while intoxicated
- Suffering from withdrawal symptoms
Recognizing when a person is abusing drugs may be easier based on age. In teens, drug abuse can be difficult to determine if their behavior seems normal for their age. Drug abuse is easier to recognize in adults. A variety of signs can tell you if someone close to you is struggling with drug use, such as the following:
- A sloppy or unclean appearance or displaying disinterest in their hygiene or how they’re dressed
- Academic problems such as skipping school or cutting class regularly, a decline in grades, or showing apathy toward school-related activities
- Asking for money without stating a purpose or stealing valuables or cash from parents, friends, or family to fund their addiction
- Unusual behavioral changes such as being secretive, treating friends and loved ones differently, or becoming irrationally upset when someone tries to enter their room
What To Do If You Suspect Someone Has a Problem with Drugs
If you have reason to believe someone you care about may be abusing drugs, you have a few options.
- Talk with the person about your concerns. Sit down with the person and help them understand that you don’t think poorly of them and that they have your support. Let them know you’ll be by their side while they go through the recovery process.
- Don’t place blame on yourself. The fact that the person is abusing drugs is not the result of anything you did. Ultimately, drug abuse is their challenge to deal with, and it’s their choice to enter rehabilitation and treatment for their condition.
- Be sure you have your priorities in order. Your needs are every bit as important as those of the person who is abusing drugs. It’s essential that you don’t neglect yourself as you lend this person your time, assistance, and support.
If you’re struggling with drug abuse, you should be aware that you’ll require the support of your close friends and family members if you are to recover successfully. Whether you choose to undergo therapy, enter a rehabilitation center or take advantage of a self-help program, having the support of your friends and loved ones is critical. These people will be able to offer you love, encouragement, support, and guidance throughout this difficult journey.
Free by the Sea is a beautiful campus, located on the Long Beach Peninsula in Ocean Park, WA. Our community of dedicated professionals are committed to provide care to all individuals with dignity and respect. Client centered care respectful of individual needs and concerns is the foundation of our approach. We adhere to evidence-based practices which are focused on successful outcomes for long term recovery. Services provided include:
- 77 treatment beds.
- Professional staff including psychiatrists, addictionologist and psychologist.
- Medical team includes Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and Physician’s Assistant
- Masters level addiction counselors.
- High quality evidence-based addiction treatment, including gambling.
- DBT, CBT, EMDR and trauma informed treatment addresses underlying issues of addiction that include depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships.
- Relapse Prevention, Life Skills, Addiction education provided in groups and individual sessions
- Twelve step meetings include celebrate recovery, wellbriety, dual disorder and AA/NA/GA
- We offer residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
- Peaceful and safe setting located on five acres facing the Pacific Ocean.
- Multi-sport areas that include volleyball/basketball courts and an exercise room.
- Nutritionally designed meals to restore health
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The only thing drug abuse accomplishes is causing harm to you and the people who care about you, and it can turn you into someone you don’t even know. For this reason, it’s so important to take control of your addiction and take back your life. Please call today to find out more about what options are available to you at Free by the Sea.
Contact Free by the Sea
Free by the Sea, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in the State of Washington, offers both group and one-on-one therapy to help provide patients with all the tools they need to successfully overcome their addiction. A staff member can determine any unique challenges faced by a patient during their journey to recovery. For this reason, our treatment programs are customized to fit the specific needs of each patient to help them stay sober. From the moment you arrive at our facility, the caring and knowledgeable staff at Free by the Sea are committed to helping you recover permanently. Don’t wait another day. Contact us today!