Opioid Abuse Behavior: Common Indicators

It can be a bit easy to tell when someone has had too much to drink. However, noticing opioid abuse behavior can be a lot trickier. However, there are a few common indicators which can help you see if someone is abusing their pills…

Opioid Abuse Behavior: Noticeable Signs

Sudden mood swings

One example of opioid abuse behavior can be sudden mood swings. You may notice that at first, this person appears to be pretty spaced out and relaxed. Then, they’ll suddenly become irritated and get angry at everyone. Or, they could go from being happy and motivated to depressed and with no motivation.

This could be a result of the dopamine opioid pills release. This high can make a person feel very happy or relaxed while it lasts. Yet when it wears off, they can suddenly find themselves crashing and doing a total reversal. If you know the person in question has some kind of prescription, then this could be a sign there’s some misuse going on.

Secrecy and dishonesty

Another common example of opioid abuse behavior is when someone acts very shady. They may not want to share personal info with you or those close to them because they want to hide their abuse. Due to this, they’ll try and make up excuses as to why they can’t go do thing or why you can’t come over. They may even spend nearly all their time inside and away from others.

Even if you present them with evidence of their misuse, they may still try to deny it. For example, you could find a lot of empty pill bottles scattered around their house or car. However, when you ask them about it, they’ll try and make some excuse. The reality is that they’re probably abusing their pills.

Constant pill taking

Of course, one of the most apparent forms of opioid abuse behavior is when someone is constantly taking pills. Usually, most people will take their prescriptions when they’re at home, before going out. Sometimes, if they’re out for a while, they’ll bring their prescription just in case. That way, they can take a new dose when it’s time.

For someone who is abusing their pills, they’ll bring them pretty much everywhere. They may constantly come up with excuses to go somewhere for a moment in order to take them. It could be that they reach a point where they take them whenever they want. This is a pretty clear sign that their intake has gotten out of control.

Drinking Signs

Plenty of adults like to drink in order to unwind and relax. Still, it’s very easy to go overboard and drink too much. Therefore, it’s useful to know what common drinking signs look like. That way, you can tell when someone may have had too much and needs to be cut off…

Drinking Signs: What You Can Spot

Normal intoxication

Usually, the drinking signs you’ll be looking for occur when someone is getting a bit too intoxicated.  At first, they may show some subtle changes, like getting more social and talkative. This makes sense, consider how many people tend to drink in social situations. However, things can get out of hand pretty quickly.

Eventually, a person may begin to slur their words, have trouble standing up, and become very moody. They might also have bloodshot eyes and begin to smell like alcohol. When you spot these more noticeable signs, it’s time to make sure that person takes a break from drinking and has some water instead.

Alcohol abuse

Sometimes, you’ll also want to be aware of drinking signs associated with alcohol abuse. Unlike normal drinking, those who abuse alcohol won’t become intoxicated once or twice by accident. Rather, they’ll want to drink a lot despite the potential negatives. That means they’ll have some slightly different cues to watch for.

One tell-tale sign is if they binge drink. Consuming a lot of drinks in a short time is a common indicator of alcohol abuse. These people might also blackout frequently and get very aggressive or violent either towards others or themselves. Seeing someone drink like this can indicate a larger problem than just getting too drunk.

Alcohol addiction

The drinking signs which can imply an alcohol addiction tend to be a bit tougher to spot. That’s because the person drinking has usually built up a high tolerance. But, if you notice they need to drink much more in order to get as intoxicated as others, that can be a sign of alcoholism. It could also be that whenever you go and see them, they’re almost always drinking.

On the other hand, it can be very easy to tell when someone has a drinking problem. They may stay inside and drink, despite it hurting their career and relationships. They’ll also try and deny having a problem when you bring it up to them. Still, this could be because they know they do have a problem, but they need some help addressing it.

Self-Detox: Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands

It can be tough to try and get sober these days due to many treatment facilitates limiting access because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is possible to try and perform a self-detox. While this can be a tough process, it’s also doable if you prepare properly…

Self-Detox: Pull It Off

Pros & cons

A self-detox, like most things in life, comes with its pros and cons. In terms of advantages, this kind of detox lets you do it on your own time, in your own home. Not only does that mean you can feel more comfortable, but it’ll also save you a nice amount of money. Plus, it can be useful if you have other obligations that an extended stay at a treatment facility would interfere with.

At the same time, there are also some potential downsides. It’s be a lot harder to do this at home, where you won’t have trained experts helping you out. This can increase the risk of you not sticking to the detox. You also have to be aware of your withdrawal symptoms, and recognize if they get dangerous.

Get prepped

In order to give your self-detox the best chance of success, you need to get your house ready. That means removing any alcohol or opioids from your home. It might seem obvious, but your cravings are going to be very high when detoxing. That’s why you need to make sure you don’t have anything to tempt you at home.

You should also do your best to clear your schedule. The detoxing process can take some time, and it’ll take a lot out of you, so you want to focus on it as much as you can. Also, make sure you have some friends or family who will help you by either checking in on you or staying with you as you detox.

What to expect

The self-detox experience isn’t going to be an entirely enjoyable one. While it’s good you’re getting sober, it won’t be as simple as just not drinking or taking pills. You’ll experience some rough withdrawal symptoms, which could potentially require medical attention if they get bad.

That’s why it’s important to have someone who will help you and check in on how you’re doing. You should also make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating right. While you’ll probably be spending a lot of time in bed, just know you’re one step closer to kicking y

Alcohol-Related Weight Gain

With most people spending more time inside now, they may see an increase in their drink intake. However, this could also lead to some unexpected extra pounds. Alcohol-related weight gain occurs for a few different reasons. However, it is something that most of us will want to find ways around. Having a better understanding of these factors can help you avoid that unwanted weight

Alcohol-Related Weight Gain: How It Happens

Empty calories

One of the biggest reasons for alcohol-related weight gain are “empty calories.” Alcohol usually has a high amount of calories in a serving, but little nutritional value. That means your body isn’t getting anything from the drink except for the extra weight.

For instance, a 12-ounce serving of beer could have 150-155 calories in it. This is similar to the amount you could get from a healthier, more nutritional snack. Those empty calories only become worse with sugary mixers like soda, especially if you drink a lot of them at a time.

Encourages poor eating

Another factor behind alcohol-related weight gain is how it leads to bad eating decisions. When someone drinks, they tend to eat more than they usually would. Not only that, but these choices tend to be pretty unhealthy. Even the most die-hard dieter will struggle to fight these cravings.

That’s because alcohol lowers our inhibitions. This makes it easier for someone to not just eat more, but also pick unhealthy options. In fact, it could also be the case that alcohol triggers hunger receptors in the brain. A study conducted on mice found they overate when given ethanol over a three day period.

Prevents fat burning

Most people want to specifically burn fat when they try and lose weight. This body fat is mainly made up of two things: glucose and lipids. However, our bodies will only use these for energy when other sources aren’t available. As a result, this is where alcohol-related weight gain becomes a factor.

When consuming alcohol, the body will go ahead and use that as energy first. That means the more you drink, the more alcohol it can use. At the same time, it also means it doesn’t have to use your body fat. This causes more fat to build up, even if you want to try and lose it.

Driving Substitutes: Avoiding Accidents

After a night of drinking, it’s important you get home safely. However, if you’ve had too much to drink, then you don’t want to take the risk of getting behind the wheel. Instead, you should look to some driving substitutes. That way, you can make it back without risking a DUI…

Driving Substitutes: Get Home Safely

Public transit

Public transportation is one of the good driving substitutes. The nice thing about public transport is that it’ll pretty much always be running. This is especially handy if you have been drinking at a pretty late time. They’re also especially useful if you live in a city, because you can pretty much always have a route home.

It’s a good idea to do a bit of planning ahead of using public transit. Before you go out, look up the routes close to where you’ll be and figure out the times and distance from where you live. Make sure you also bring enough money to cover any fares!

Ride sharing apps

Perhaps one of the most popular driving substitutes are ride sharing apps. These apps, like Uber and Lyft, allow for you to have someone else come pick you up. The nice thing about these apps when compared to something like taxis are how you can always request a pickup. That means even if you’re in a more rural spot, you can get a ride.

Still, with that convenience comes a bit more expense. Many of these apps will charge extra during peak “surge” hours when there’s a lot of requests. Of course, paying that bit extra is always worth it compared to getting a DUI!

Designated driver

The designated driver concept has been one of the most effective driving substitutes for avoiding DUIs. For starters, they’re more reliable and safer than other choices. Instead of needing strangers to drive you home, you’ll have someone you know to do it. Plus, you won’t have to worry about waiting a long time for your ride.

Also, designated driving encourages healthier drinking habits. That’s because most friend groups will use a rotation system. If someone was the driver last time, then next time someone else will take the role, which will let the last person drink and the other to take a break. So long as you can trust your friend to keep sober, this is an excellent substitute to pick.

Responsible Drinking: Avoiding Alcohol Negatives

With all the things going on currently, some people may like to enjoy a drink to help them relax. Still, it’s important to practice responsible drinking. Doing so will help you reduce the chances of experiencing the dangerous negatives of alcohol…

Responsible Drinking: Pulling It Off

Assess your current intake

Responsible drinking starts with looking at what your current alcohol intake is like. This can help you determine if you need to make some minor adjustments, or if things need a total overhaul. For instance, do you drink a lot in a short time? That could be a sign that you’re a binge drinker, which is quite risky.

It helps to look at how frequently you drink, and how many drinks you have at a time. Be sure to take a good, honest look at your intake. You don’t want to try and “rationalize” unhealthy habits. Instead, recognizing them is an important part of turning things around.

Set a limit

One good way to practice responsible drinking is by setting a limit. Doing this will give you a specific “cutoff” you can stick too. That way, you don’t end up drinking any more than you originally intended.

It can be useful to have some kind of record of your drinks as well. This will help you ensure you don’t accidentally go over your limit if you lose count. While some people prefer to use a journal, using the notes app on your phone can be easier, and allow you to have a quick reference when you need it.

Prepare properly

It’s also good to prepare beforehand when you want to do some responsible drinking. The main ways to do this are by eating enough as well as drinking enough water. You can also try and limit how much alcohol you have so you won’t be tempted to drink more. Not doing these things could cause you to go over your limit.

Drinking on an empty stomach will not only feel unpleasant, but it could tempt you to drink more. Same if you drink without having any water beforehand. Also, if you limit the alcohol you have, then you won’t have to worry about drinking more than you want. Taking the time to prep can help you ensure your drinking stays at a healthy level.

College Alcoholism: Common Issues

Many people tend to believe that alcohol abuse is mainly an issue for those who are older. However, college alcoholism is actually very common. On top of the usual risks, there’s also some unique risks you may not realize at first. Being aware of these risks can help prevent a student’s drinking from getting out of control…

College Alcoholism: Negative Effects

Bad grades

One apparent area that college alcoholism impacts are grades. Drinking constantly will make it hard for a student to get their schoolwork done correctly. Eventually, they might prioritize alcohol over their studies. When this happens, a student will skip class and drink rather than do any assignments.

Sometimes, a student will be just a few points away from passing or failing. Alcohol can end up getting in the way of them getting the passing grade they need. Not only will this prevent them from getting credits for the class, but it’ll also cost them quite a bit in terms of tuition.

Poor decision making

Another issue with alcohol is that it lowers a person’s inhibitions. This causes them to make more riskier decisions than they usually would sober. In college, this becomes even more apparent. In fact, college alcoholism can cause a constant string of bad decision making.

Most college students will do their drinking at parties. This means they’re more likely to drink heavily and act recklessly. It’s not uncommon to see things like fights, vandalism, and drunk driving occur as a result. These things can have a seriously negative impact on a student’s future, especially if they get a DUI.

Health problems

Health issues due to college alcoholism tend to get overlooked by many students. Usually, they figure that because they’re young, they won’t have to worry about any health problems. The thing is, they’re actually at a very high risk of developing issues.

A lot of students will do the bulk of their drinking by binging. This increases the chances of them getting alcohol poisoning. Plus, it also can cause them to experience issues with their heart, liver, and brain in the future, especially because their bodies are still developing.

Taking Opioids: When It’s Dangerous

Many people are aware that long-term opioid use can lead to health issues. However, there are some specific times where taking opioids, even in normal doses, should be avoided. Not doing so could result in some serious problems…

Taking Opioids: Dangerous Situations

When pregnant

It’s important to avoid taking opioids while pregnant. Remember that with a pregnancy, you aren’t just “eating” for two now. Everything you drink or take is going to impact your baby. This includes opioid pills.

Like with alcohol, cigarettes, or other drugs, opioids can really negatively impact a developing child. For instance, it could cause you baby to develop an addiction. It may also lead to birth defects. That’s why it’s crucial to talk to your doctor about what is or isn’t safe to take.

When taking other pills

You also need to be careful about taking opioids if you have other prescriptions. Many people have different prescriptions for different health issues. It’s easy to assume that it’s okay to add something like opioids into the mix. However, this may not be the case for you.

Certain types of pills won’t mix well with others. They could cause some serious negative side-effects to occur. In some cases, these side-effects can be dangerous to your health. Be sure you tell your doctor what medicine you’re taking already, so they can see what you should avoid taking.

When drinking

Taking opioids while drinking alcohol is never a good idea. Mixing opioids with alcohol is a very dangerous combination which could even be fatal. The effects of opioids, combined with the depressive impact of alcohol, can place a lot of serious strain on the heart, lungs, and liver.

Therefore, you want to make sure you have no opioids in your system before you drink. Many prescriptions will tell you how long you should wait to drink after you take your dosage. Still, some people will just forgo drinking altogether while on their prescription.

Alcoholic Types

Many people have a pretty stereotypical image in mind when thinking about alcoholism. However, there’s actually several alcoholic types and categories. Knowing the most common forms can help you better understand what alcohol abuse really looks like…

Alcoholic Types: Most Common Forms

Young Adult

The most prevalent of the alcoholic types is the young adult subtype. The NIAAA believes that nearly 32% of those who struggle with alcohol abuse are in this category. Usually, those in this category are slightly below, at, or above the drinking age. Many of them tend to be college students in particular.

This group tends to be at a higher risk than others because they’re in environments that encourage heavy drinking. In fact, 90% of the drinking done by this group is binge drinking. Plus, because they don’t think it’s an issue, they won’t seek help, Rather, they think it’s “normal” because others around them do the same.

Young antisocial

The next most common alcoholic type is the young antisocial subtype. Usually, these are people in their mid-20’s who started drinking at a much young age. Many of them also struggle with other mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

For these individuals, drinking can be a form of self-medicating. Alcohol can help them feel more relaxed and outgoing than they would be otherwise. Of course, this can be dangerous, as many of those in this subtype have poor impulse control. This causes them to drink heavily and constantly.

Functional

While the functional subtype isn’t the most common alcoholic type, it is still pretty prevalent. Also, it can be the hardest to properly identify. Those in this category appear to be “fine” on the outside, having a stable job or a family. This goes against what most people think of when they consider what alcohol abuse looks like.

The reality is these people are sort-of living a double life. In between their other responsibilities, they’ll usually be drinking. That could even mean they find ways to drink while at work or throughout the day. While they may not think it’s a problem, this constant intake is very unhealthy.

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