Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Samara Kitchens COM/156 Instructor: Sunday, May 19, 2013

There was a missing person report across the news today, my co-worker stated. I never paid any attention to it; I went on about my day as if everything was fine. When I arrived at home I had several messages on my answer machine regarding my best friend Sonya. The message said, Samara please call me it’s Sonya’s mother, I haven’t heard from her in a couple of days, I just wanted to know if you have talked or seen her. I quickly called back
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(www.drugabuse.com) Alcohol use is different than alcohol abuse. Alcohol use is done in moderation, having a drink once in a while. This will not affect someone’s everyday life. Abusing a substance can affect your life in many ways such as legal issues, health issues, personal issues, and employment issues. Having a simple drink or a few drinks at a social gathering, having a meal, or just sitting home watching a movie is not harmful, these are examples of alcohol use. For many families it’s very hard for them to tell if someone is addicted to a substance. Sometimes the symptoms and signs of addictions are not always hidden. Signs and Symptoms are different for each person, maybe because of the substance they are addicted too, or their family history or their personal circumstances may also play a role. Withdrawal symptoms happen usually when the body levels of that substance goes below a certain level, a person may have physical and mood related symptoms. They may also have cravings, moodiness, bad temper, poor focus, experiencing depression and emptiness, frustration, anger, bitterness and resentment.(www.medicalnewstoday.com) Some people who have withdrawal symptoms have a sudden loss in appetite, and insomnia is also a common symptom. In some case a person may become constipated or have diarrhea. Withdrawal can also trigger someone to be violent, cause them to have tremors, seizures, hallucinations and

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