To address the wider challenges presented by drug abuse, drug addiction and substance use disorder, it is vital for stakeholders in communities to work together so that risk factors can be mitigated. These mitigation efforts are generally referred to as “protective factors” by health professionals, prevention specialists, educators and public policy experts.
The outward changes in a person’s behavior and emotional state signify very complex interactions involving physical and cognitive changes or deficiencies, as well as responses to social and environmental circumstances. Always keep in mind how inter-related these categories are and why every individual should be evaluated within context. Again, it is important for anyone who exhibits signs of drug abuse to meet with a health professional who can recommend a holistic treatment tailored to them.
Some of the signs of drug abuse that serve as red flags, especially when seen in combination with each other. They often fall under four broad and inter-related categories: cognitive, physical, behavioral, and emotional.
How is drug abuse defined on an individual level and what is the theoretical framework upon which professionals use to diagnose drug abuse? In this post I briefly discuss this and touch upon the treatment strategies.