Signs, Withdrawal Symptoms, & Treatment Options

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

“How can I tell if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?”. This is a common question that most people ask, including those who themselves are addicted. Emerge Recovery Center urges you to explore the signs and symptoms of addiction, and learn more about how our drug treatment program in Boynton Beach, Florida can help a person overcome substance abuse. Our goal is long-term recovery, and we dedicate our program to your recovery. 

What is Drug Addiction?

How Can a Person Become Addicted to Drugs & Alcohol?

Addiction, a problem that comes in many forms is a major issue in today’s world. Millions of people suffer from some form of addiction whether its alcohol, drugs, or sex. Its literal definition is: ‘the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity’. It is regarded as a disease that is complex in nature but, with the correct approach, it is treatable.

Any form of substance abuse can alter the brain’s function and behavior, resulting in the person damaging their health both mentally and physically. Not only does this harm the person suffering from addiction, it can destroy the lives of everyone around them, especially their spouse and children.

There is an old saying, ‘prevention is better than cure’, which is why you need to arm yourself with the knowledge of addiction treatment so you can help yourself or your loved one before it’s too late.

Most Commonly Abused Substances

Is a Drug on This List Ruining Your Life?

There are many substances in this world that humans can become addicted to. Throughout modern history, including the recent opioid epidemic and increasing rates of alcoholism in younger adults, these substances are what we see most people in the United States abusing. Click on a drug to learn more about the startling effects of short-term and long-term use, and how Emerge Recovery Center can help you finally break free from your addiction.



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What are the Signs of Drug & Alcohol Abuse?

What to Look for If You Suspect Someone is Abusing Substances.

To make it easier for you to understand the difference between signs and symptoms:

  • A sign is something that someone else notices about the person who is going through addiction
  • A symptom is something that a person will sense about themselves and describe it to you or the doctor

Just like there are signs of an incoming storm, addiction too has symptoms and signs that you need to look out for. Simply put, when someone gets addicted to something, they are not able to control the use of that particular substance; they lose the control of maintaining moderation.

A person can be classified as addicted if they show the following signs and symptoms:

Typical Physical & Behavioral Symptoms

  • Inability to quit a substance such as nicotine, alcohol or a drug
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings, poor focus, bad temper and frustration
  • Refusing to go to gatherings where the particular substance is not available or prohibited, like no smoking areas
  • Inability to function normally when the substance has not been consumed
  • Losing interest in group/family activities
  • Always thinking of ways of getting more of the substance
  • Denying the signs of addiction when they are presented to them

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What are the Typical Symptoms of Withdrawal?

What to Look for if Someone is Withdrawing from Drugs & How to Help

When a person is abusing a substance and they abruptly stop, many times the person will experience withdrawals from that substance. Depending on the substance, a person experiencing withdrawals can display various symptoms.

Each class of substances has different effects on the body. To learn more about the specific withdrawal symptoms visit the page associated with the drug you are concerned with on our website.

Typically when a person is in withdrawal, they are more susceptible to going to treatment, where they know they will be given medications during the detox period. Emerge Recovery Center in Boynton Beach, FL is here to help. Call us today to speak to a caring treatment coordinator who has been where you are.

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What are the Treatment Options for Substance Abuse?

How an Addiction Treatment Program Like Emerge Recovery Center, Can Help You Start Life Over

To learn more about the different options available for treating substance abuse, visit our treatment services page. There are various treatment options available for you or your loved one when seeking help for a drug or alcohol problem.

In America today, on average almost 200 people die every single day from a drug overdose. Don’t be the next one. Reach out to Emerge Recovery Center today to find out more information on our drug rehab program in Palm Beach, Florida. Whether you have questions or you are ready to take the first step, we can help.