Drug Abuse


Drug Abuse in Lexington, Richmond & Frankfort KY

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In general, drug abuse is defined by a pattern of recurring use despite negative consequences from using. At first, drug use typically starts because it’s fun, an easy way to escape, used to help relax, and because it’s intriguing. However, with continued use over time people can develop a problem with drugs which in turn creates problems in their lives. 

What is Drug Abuse?
Drug abuse is defined by a pattern of using drugs which creates problems for the user. According to the DSM IV-TR, Diagnostic Statistical Manual, the following are symptoms of drug abuse:
  • Recurrent drug use resulting in failure to fill major obligations at work, home, or school. (Calling into work, neglecting house chores, getting suspended from school due to drug use) 
  • Recurrent drug use in situations where it is physically hazardous. (Driving under the influence). 
  • Recurrent drug related legal problems. 
  • Continued drug use despite having persistent and recurring social or interpersonal related problems caused by the effects of drugs, (getting into an argument with a loved one over drugs). 
  • The person has never met criteria for drug dependency.   

Only one of these symptoms needs to be meet within a 12-month period for a person to have developed drug abuse.

What’s Next?
If you are concerned about your drug use here are some helpful tips to try out:
  • Contact a trained professional. 
  • Ask for support from family and friends. 
  • Find alternative ways to have fun. 
  • Explore healthy coping skills. 
  • ID the pro and cons for making a change with your drug use. 
  • Increase your support by engage in a group like AA, NA, or Celebrate Recovery. 
  • Avoid high risk environments and people. 
  • Exercise. 
  • Set goals. 
  • Reward yourself. 
What’s Next for a Loved One with Drug Abuse?
If you are concerned and/or are trying to help someone you love who has a problem with drugs, here are some helpful tips to try out:
  • Talk to a trained professional. 
  • Take care of yourself. 
  • Avoid enabling behaviors. 
  • Set healthy limits. 
  • Avoid trying to control the individual. 
  • Ask for support from family and friends. 
  • Attend an Al-Anon group. 
  • Explore new hobbies. 

Making changes with drug use can be very challenging when done on your own. We are here to help! Contact one of our nonjudgmental professionals today to help you with the process.  

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What is therapy?

Therapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues. The underlying principle is that a person's patterns of thinking and unconscious awareness affect the way that person interacts with the world. The goal is to uncover those patterns and become aware of their effect and then learn new, healthier ways to think and interact.
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