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Addiction and mental disorders are often closely related as a result of an individual’s surroundings in childhood and on into early adulthood. These are not conditions that can be healed without proper treatment and in most cases, intense therapy.

The good news is, whether you’re someone trying to help a loved one with either of these conditions, or you’re suffering yourself, there is help available. It’s important first, however, to understand the signs of addiction and/or mental disorders. They aren’t always easy to point out, let alone see if you’re not familiar with the effects.

In this article, we’re discussing different factors that lead to drug addiction and when it’s time to seek treatment at a rehabilitation center. Keep reading to learn more.


Addiction doesn’t always show itself, especially in the early stages. Often times abusers will hide their ‘habit’ from friends and loved ones to prevent conflict. But, it’s important to watch for specific signs of drug or alcohol abuse and dependence because it could save your life.

No matter your social class, addiction can affect your friends or family, too. So it’s especially important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse even if you don’t use drugs or alcohol.

These signs and symptoms vary from person to person and depending on the substance, can make a difference in the help you need.

Here are three major substances that are often abused and what to watch out for so you can get yourself or your loved one to a rehabilitation center right away.

1. Alcohol

Alcoholics often start out as habitual drinkers. It can quickly become a physical dependence depending on how much the person consumes on average.

Signs of alcoholism include cravings and poor judgment. An alcoholic is always thinking about alcohol in the back of their mind, especially when they don’t have access to it. They may experience withdrawal symptoms such as hectic behavior or compulsiveness.

You may also notice a tolerance level with some people that consume moderate amounts of alcohol. They will be able to have several drinks without feeling the effects right away.

2. Methamphetamines

A person that has become addicted to methamphetamines will often times act angry and withdrawn.

It’s important to remember that continued drug abuse is not voluntary with these types of drugs. Once they are in the body just one time, a person can become addicted. It’s difficult for a person to exert self-control with the use of these drugs which can lead to destructive behaviors.

It’s also extremely difficult for a methamphetamine user to seek help because they might be scared. These drugs are made and distributed illegally and the user may be afraid to get into legal trouble. A rehabilitation center can help you or your loved one overcome these trials and tribulations and get you onto a new path.

3. Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug addictions are maybe the most difficult to detect because the user probably started out with a legitimate prescription. Or, they might have taken a few pills at a party and started a habit that became a problem before they knew what was happening. In either case, these addictions should be treated as any other.

Depending on the type of prescription drug or drugs the user is taking may also depend on the signs and symptoms that appear. You should watch out for financial troubles and risky behavior as well as erratic thinking.

A rehabilitation center will diagnose this addiction and help the patient recover using other, nonaddictive drugs to help withdrawal symptoms. This is both more comfortable for the patient as well as less traumatic.

Mental Disorders

While mental disorders are often associated with drug abuse because of damage done to the brain, they are not always intertwined. Mental disorders can occur from a variety of factors including physical, mental, or sexual abuse. These conditions are difficult to treat because patients are often hesitant to admit that they have a mental health condition.

When addiction is involved, it can be even more difficult to see the signs and symptoms of a person suffering from a mental disorder. It’s important to understand, too, that the patient must want to get help before you can take them to a rehabilitation center. It can be difficult to treat a person that refuses medications and therapy services.

PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety are among the top three mental disorders affecting our population. Here are some things to watch out for and when it’s time for treatment.


PTSD is often associated with war veterans, but anybody can be affected. It stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and many sufferers go undiagnosed each year. It’s important to watch out for signs because this disorder can lead to drug abuse and other dangerous behavior.

Those that suffer from PTSD may not recognize their disorder while making erratic decisions. They probably suffer from some form of depression and/or anxiety that stems from the trauma they’ve endured at some point in their lifespan.

5. Depression and Anxiety

While some people may believe that depression and anxiety can be easy to detect, this is not always the case. Many people that battle with depression do their best to keep it private. Those that suffer from anxiety may not even be aware of their condition.

Signs to watch out for include addiction, socialization problems, unnecessary fears, and paranoia.

Visit a Rehabilitation Center Today!

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or an associated mental disorder, there is help available. All you have to do is reach out. The people on the other end of the line are compassionate and they care about your recovery.

Once you begin to receive the help that you deserve, your journey back to the life you once lived can be achieved. And, you won’t be alone. There will be someone to guide you through each step of the process to ensure that your recovery is successful.

If you’re helping a loved one and you don’t know where to start, try to simply talk to them about their options. Don’t take it personally if they become angry at first. And remember, you’re doing the right thing.

If you’re ready for a fresh start and want to seek treatment options, feel free to contact us. You can speak to a recovery specialist and start your recovery at our rehabilitation center today!