Sebastian Velasquez, New York City Midfielder has entered rehab for substance abuse. He’ll be a part of MLS’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program, and will be there until he’s cleared to play again. The exact reason for him entering the program is unknown.
If you’re in a crisis, you can get the help you need too. Call Buffalo Drug Treatment Centers to find out how you can get treatment.
Treating drug addiction takes more than just saying no and using a bit of will-power. Substance abuse rehab focuses on treating both the physical and the psychological sides of the addiction as part of an integrated treatment plan.
There are multiple triggers that can lead to chronic drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. In order to work out the best possible course of treatment, a substance abuse rehab center needs to assess each individual person’s characteristics, the drug being taken and the severity of the addiction.
The warning signs of drug abuse will differ depending on the substance being taken. Stimulant drugs will make a person seem high or revved up, while sedative drugs may make a person seem drowsy, stoned or intoxicated. Opioid drugs act as painkillers, so a person abusing opioids may appear euphoric, relaxed or stoned.
Some common signs and symptoms to look for include:
• Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns
• Deterioration in grooming or personal hygiene
• Slurred or incoherent speech
• Impaired coordination or motor functions
• Unexplained personality or attitude changes
• Mood swings or unprovoked angry outbursts
• Lack of motivation
• Periods of unusual hyperactivity
• Drop in performance at work or school
• Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
• Increased anxiety or paranoia
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence lists several different signs and symptoms of dependence on drugs or alcohol. These are:
• Higher tolerance to the drug
• Withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be potentially life-threatening
• Loss of Control: using or taking more than originally intended
• Repeated failed attempts to quit
• Neglecting responsibilities or activities
• Increased time and energy spent on obtaining, using or recovering from drugs than any other interests or involvements
• Continued use despite negative consequences
Abusing drugs or alcohol can have serious health consequences. Psychoactive drugs have the power to severely damage the brain’s chemistry and result in personality, attitude and behavioral changes. Severe negative changes in the brain can result in stroke, seizures and brain damage. Symptoms of mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, paranoia and psychosis can be worsened by prolonged use of drugs.
Substance abuse can cause serious damage to other major organs, including the liver, heart and kidneys. Drugs place the body under enormous stress and pressure, leading to abnormal heart rate, elevated blood pressure, liver failure or kidney failure.
Make a decision to change by calling Buffalo Drug Treatment Centers, or visit your local Narcotics Anonymous (http://www.usrecovery.info/NA/New-York.htm) and share your story.