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THE DANGERS OF CASUAL DRUG USE
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Addiction is a serious disease associated with life-threatening complications. And though the risks of substance abuse and addiction are well known, so many individuals tempt fate with casual or occasional drug use. For many of these casual users, occasional drug use becomes more frequent, and addiction develops. 

Keep reading more information on the dangers of casual drug use, spotting the signs of addiction and seeking effective treatment before it's too late. 

THE DANGERS OF CASUAL DRUG USE

Everyone likes to have a good time; for some people, unfortunately, a party isn't a party unless drugs are involved. The risk of addiction, aside, casual drug use is undoubtedly dangerous. For example, even infrequent drug use can result in complications like the following:

- Legal problems. Possession of a controlled substance and other drug-related charges can be quite serious, and they don't affect serious users, exclusively. Getting caught, even if it's just once, is not worth it. 

- Job loss. Many employers subject employees to random drug screens. And since cocaine and heroin stays in your system for days, or even weeks, after a single use, a weekend indulgence can mean the loss of a job or career. 

- Accidents or injuries. Drug use is commonly associated with accidents and injuries. From car wrecks to slips, falls and other accidents, casual drug users are definitely at risk. 

- Overdose. Addicts aren't the only ones who overdose. Casual users, too, are at risk of overdoing it and/or mixing certain substances, the results of which could be lethal. 


SPOTTING THE SIGNS OF ADDICTION

If you or someone you know is a casual drug user, learning to identify the signs of addiction is important. Signs like the following, for example, often point to a growing problem with drugs or alcohol. 

- Changes in appearance. Prolonged substance abuse can take a toll on appearance. Individuals struggling with addiction may display signs like weight loss, blemished skin, and an unkempt, disheveled appearance, as well as a disregard for personal hygiene. 

- Poor impulse control. Drug and alcohol abuse are often associated with risky, impulsive behaviours like driving under the influence, unsafe sex practices, excessive gambling, aggression, violence, etc.  Money problems. Due to difficulties financing an addiction, many addicts experience debt and other financial problems. 

- Social changes. Addiction can lead to social isolation, as well as a shifting social circle that includes other addicts and users.

- Relationship troubles. Addiction can affect both personal and professional relationships. Individuals struggling with this disease often report problems with spouses, family members, coworkers and friends. 

- Continued drug use despite awareness of a problem. If someone keeps using addictive substances, even after they've experienced the ill effects of drug use, addiction is likely present. 


GETTING HELP

Nobody plans on becoming a drug addict; nobody wants to be a drug addict. But, casual use and other factors often result in both physical and psychological dependence. Thankfully, though, treating addiction is possible. Through methods like supervised detox, one-on-one counseling, group therapy and continued care, the causes and effects of addiction can be addressed and treated, safely and effectively. However, the biggest step in treating addiction is admitting to the problem and asking for help. If you or someone you love is struggling with this disease, reach out and get the life-saving help you so desperately need. You won't regret it. 

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