More to Know About: Drugs and Controlled Substances
Highly dangerous yet often misunderstood, substance abuse is a pattern of repeated drug use
that often interferes with health, work, and social relationships. Substance abuse pertains to both
illegal scheduled drugs and controlled substances.
In the past 20 years, opioid abuse has become an epidemic across the United States. Michigan
has passed several laws reducing the risk of jail time and increasing treatment for those with
drug addictions, such as the 2016 Good Samaritan Law. However, there is still a lot to be done
to remove the stigma surrounding drug addiction and to prioritize saving lives over
Drug Addiction Statistics
Identifying Drug Addiction in Kids and Loved Ones
It can be challenging finding out your child or loved one has substance use disorder. While each
one doesn’t definitively indicate drug abuse, these are some general indicators of drug
- Difficulties at school/work, disinterest in extracurriculars, declining grades
- Changes in physical appearances, such as wearing inappropriate or dirty clothing and declining hygiene
- Increased paranoia or sudden desire for privacy
- Financial mismanagement
- Defensiveness when asked about substance use
- Changes in appetite and weight loss
- Bloodshot eyes, poor skin tone and appearing exhausted
It’s important to remember that drug abuse doesn’t make anyone a bad person or a “druggie.” They need support, treatment and a will to change.
During these unprecedented times, Resolve It Now! is a drug and alcohol assessment agency that provides certified substance assessment services online that would satisfy court ordered requirements remotely, without treatment center visits.