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Addiction may not be your only battle if you face drug charges

It's no secret that a killer drug epidemic exists in Arizona and throughout the United States. The thing is, you may be among many who imagine drug overdoses as incidents that occur in back alleys of low-income neighborhoods when gangs and other drug "salesmen" push their wares on the streets. The reality is that many high-income professionals also suffer from opioid and prescription drug addictions. In fact, many of the overdoses that occur happen after licensed physicians sign off on the very prescriptions connected to the fatalities.

You may take a pill one day in the hope of alleviating chronic pain. Perhaps you suffered injury in a car accident or have an autoimmune disease that affects your muscles or joints. A one-time prescription can turn into a potentially deadly addiction, which can also lead to serious legal problems in many cases. It's always best to research a particular drug before taking it and useful to know what resources exist to help you if you need it, whether for addiction rehabilitation purposes or legal assistance.

Warnings that may alert you to a serious drug problem

Health care providers write millions of prescriptions for opioids every year, including codeine, methadone, hydrocodone and fentanyl. Drug addiction presents behavioral, physical and psychological symptoms. If you experience one or more of the following issues, it may be a sign that such drugs have become habit-forming in your life:

  • Money trouble: Financial crisis is often associated with drug addiction. If it's a loved one your worried about, not yourself, and he or she is spending a lot of money without providing sufficient explanation as to why, it may be a sign that things have gotten out of hand concerning drugs. (There are usually other signs accompanying those related to finances.)
  • Sedentary lifestyle: If you find yourself (or your family member) giving up things such as favorite hobbies, sports or social events, it could be a signal that there's an underlying problem.
  • Failing to fulfill duties: Not doing schoolwork or satisfying other obligations related to home or work is a common sign of drug or alcohol abuse. 
  • Erratic emotions: Some of the psychological symptoms associated with drug addiction include radical mood swings, irritability, nervousness, paranoia or extreme changes in personality.
  • Bodily symptoms: Drug addiction often shows itself through strange smells on a person's body or clothing, inability to sleep or always sleeping, red eyes, excessive sniffing or runny nose, and speech incoherency. 

There are many high-functioning drug addicts in the United States. Some families use intervention as a means of reaching out in support to help a loved one overcome addiction. Perhaps you have taken part in offering this type of tough love to someone you care about or have been on the receiving end of it. The problem is, if someone who suffers from drug addiction hesitates to seek help, an overdose or legal crisis might occur in the meantime.

Many people in Arizona have obtained rehabilitative treatment and sought help to avoid conviction for drug crimes by turning to experienced criminal defense attorneys for support.

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