Donate to Drug Addiction Research, Patient Care and Education

Drug Addiction is a disease that changes the structure of the brain in ways that can make quitting a certain drug more difficult. At Northwestern Medicine, we are taking the steps to ensure that those who struggle with addiction find ways to get help when they need it. With your help, patients with drug addictions can get the help they need in fighting preventable deaths and illnesses associated with drug addiction. The signs and symptoms of drug addiction vary widely by case and the substance being abused. Acting immediately is necessary to stop addiction in its tracks.

Northwestern Medicine is committed to finding a cure for addiction and helping those struggling with the disease to find a way out. Your contribution to drug addiction recovery and research to Northwestern Medicine will help trained medical staff, counselors and social workers find solutions for those struggling with this life-altering illness. If you or someone you know has a drug addiction, or if you suspect a loved one of being addicted, the first step is to bring them to a treatment center to begin rehabilitation.

Studying the symptoms associated with addiction is crucial in being able to identify a drug addiction in yourself or someone you know. One of the most common approaches to discovering drug addiction is looking at the physical symptoms. If you notice weight loss or weight gain that is not due to other causes, involuntary shaking or quivering, slurring words, sleep disturbances, pupil dilation or red and irritated eyes, it may signify a drug addiction. Additional signs include unusual smells coming from the mouth, body, or clothing, needle marks or bruises on the arms feet and hands.

Another way to spot drug addiction is by watching behavioral changes such as a change in personality, friend groups, a constant need for money, paranoia, distancing from friends and family, and more. While these behavioral changes can also be explained by other causes, it is important to first rule out drug addiction, as depending on the substance, drug addiction can take control of your life in a matter of weeks.

Drug Addiction Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

As the use of drugs is steadily on the rise and so is the need for treatment plans that work. Northwestern Medicine is dedicated to helping those suffering from drug addiction. With your donation, improvements can be made in preventing deaths and diseases associated with drug addictions. Drug addiction often occurs with other mental illnesses, so treatment plans must be tailored with the individuals’ needs in mind. Treatment options include intervention, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, neuromodulation therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as counseling and research for helping improve the lives of those suffering from this illness. Scientists at Northwestern Medicine work tirelessly to develop options in the treatment of drug addictions. A donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation not only helps those with drug addictions but each of their loved ones.

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