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Am I An Addict?


You need to use drugs in order to function. You’ve become dependent on your drug(s) of choice. If you are taking mind-altering substances like heroin, cocaine, or marijuana, the chemistry in your brain changes. The more you use, the more you need to get the high. It’s incredibly difficult to stop. If you are addicted, it’s also common that one drug may lead to another.

The sequence of using drugs and achieving the subsequent high creates a reinforcing pattern in your brain to repeat the rewarding behavior of continued substance use. The brain adapts to overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less dopamine or by reducing the number of dopamine receptors in the reward circuit. This causes you to continue using larger amounts of the drug to achieve the same dopamine effect, essentially building tolerance.

We know the right questions to ask in order to assess what’s contributing to your drug use and can help you turn things around.

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Here Are Some Things to Think About

  • If it takes more for you get high than it used to, you are building up an increased tolerance which can easily lead you to use more.
  • If you experience negative side effects from substance abuse such as blackouts where you don’t remember things, headaches, fatigue, sensitivity to light, dehydration, hangovers, and vomiting or even more severe alcohol poisoning, seizures or respiratory depression, it’s time to get help.
  • According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, long-term drug abuse impairs brain functioning. Drug addiction erodes a person’s self-control and ability to make sound decisions, while producing intense impulses to take drugs.
  • Addiction has this mysterious effect on some drug users that tricks you into not seeing the true consequences of your using behavior, also known as denial, making it difficult to seek treatment.
  • You may have been living with drug problems for awhile, and you may have researched how to quit. There are a lot of myths floating around, get the facts, and get tailored treatment for you.
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You may or may not be aware that your using habits are creating problems at home, at work and in life, but the addiction takes over and it is hard to just stop.

We’re here for you. At Malibu Rehab, we will help you manage your addiction, and clean up your life.

Contact us now on our 24-Hour Helpline: (866) 370-6396


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