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When to Seek Drug TreatmentRecreational drug use is never a good idea. However, many Anchorage residents “experiment” with drugs at some point in their lives and do not become dependent or addicted. So, how do you know if you have crossed the line between recreational use and addiction?

There are some classic signs of drug addiction that indicate a drug problem. Some of these criteria also apply to those Anchorage residents who have become dependent on a prescription used for legitimate medical reasons.

Physical Signs of Drug Addiction in Anchorage

There is a wide variety of prescription and illicit drugs available today. The physical effects vary greatly according to the drug in question, and are too numerous to list here. However some generalized physical symptoms may indicate drug addiction, and these can include the following:

  • Weight changes
  • Increased tolerance of drug
  • Changes in energy levels, sometimes extremely energetic and other times very lethargic
  • Feeling sick or “rundown” for no apparent reason
  • Low sex drive
  • Chronic persistent cough or sniffles
  • Frequent nose bleeds or deviated septum (indicative of chronic intranasal intake or “snorting” of drugs)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Unhealthy pallor or skin tone
  • Presence of “tracks”, bruising of or holes in veins (indicative of intravenous drug use)

Behavioral Signs of Drug Addiction in Anchorage

Again, there is a huge variety of drugs and their corresponding resultant behaviors. Certain types of drugs tend to induce one type of behavior while another family of drugs will induce a different type of behavior. But, as with the physical signs of drug addiction, there are certain generalized behaviors that may indicate addiction for any Anchorage resident. These include the following:

  • Frequent mood swings, often from one extreme to the other
  • Secretiveness
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Disappearing repeatedly for no explainable reason
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Sleeping at odd hours
  • Changes in eating habits; either gorging or neglecting to eat enough
  • Maintaining a secret stash of drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Spending lots of time thinking about, acquiring and using drugs
  • Spending large amounts of money on drugs over time
  • Associating primarily or exclusively with friends who share drug habits
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Problems at work
  • Loss of interest in former pursuits

Benefits of Drug Treatment for Addicted Anchorage Residents

Drug addiction is a life-threatening disease that overwhelms an addict’s will power. If drug use, either recreational or medicinal, has reached the point of addiction, professional treatment offers the best chance for any Anchorage resident to have a successful recovery. A good drug treatment program will help recovering addicts attain the following goals:

  • Understand the root causes of their addictions
  • Recognize destructive patterns of behavior
  • Learn healthier ways of living
  • Learn positive ways of coping with stress
  • Recognize factors that may induce relapse
  • Find the support needed to maintain long term sobriety

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Help for Anchorage Residents

If you live in Anchorage and think you may be in the grip of drug addiction, don’t be afraid to seek help. Trained professionals are standing by who can answer any questions you have and help you find the best treatment options available. Our helpline is toll-free and we are available 24 hours a day.