Substance Abuse Prevention
Signs of Substance Abuse
Millions of people abuse substances each year. Oftentimes they are not the stereotypical shady individual in a dark alley — they are neighbors, friends, and family members. Because the problem of substance abuse strikes so close to home, it is mostly left up to loved ones to observe the key indicators. Keep an eye open for the following moods, behavior, and actions:
- Changes to personality, often negatively so
- No perceived motivation for even the simplest tasks
- Lack of desire for prior passions
- Fits of uncontrollable shaking or convulsions (which some individuals will play off as them being cold)
- Bloodshot eyes
- Garbled speech patterns
- Deterioration of personal hygiene
- Inexplicable money problems
- Isolation from friends or family
- Excuse-ridden language
Suspected issues with substances can be confirmed by having the individual undergo an evaluation process. During the first stage, a screening, the prospective rehabilitation center patient will answer a series of questions from one of three commonly ascribed toolkits: the CAGE questionnaire, Alcohol Use Inventory (AUI), or the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI). Such screenings are intended to determine likelihood rather than definitive evidence of substance use behavior.
If a physician sees a reason for concern, an assessment will be scheduled following a screening. One of two interviews can occur, the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) or the Diagnostic Interview Schedule-IV (DIS-IV). This face-to-face process is far more thorough and will result in a definitive answer to the question, “does the individual have a substance abuse problem that needs treatment?” If yes, the patient will begin the journey on their very own road to recovery.
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