Pyramid Healthcare Publishes Video about Warning Signs of Drug Addiction

October 05, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
The Pennsylvania-based rehabilitation provider, Pyramid Healthcare, published a video on their website that identifies the top 10 warning signs that a family member, friend, or coworker, is abusing drugs and/or alcohol or has developed an addiction. Addiction can be difficult to detect in others because substance users often attempt to hide their behavior or downplay the effects of the drugs.

The video highlights physical, behavioral, and psychological/attitude-related signs that a person struggling with drug and/or alcohol use or addiction often demonstrates. It also offers information about drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, primarily outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment, based on the severity of the addiction and environmental factors present.

Addiction can occur as a result of genetic factors, environmental pressure, habits that escalate, and chemical changes in the body. A choice to experiment for any reason may become an addiction if that person experiences what he/she feels is a favorable reaction to the drug and/or alcohol, either physically and/ or mentally or with continued use. . When habit becomes a compulsive behavior, a person with an addiction may not realize the harm they are doing to themselves or the people around them because drug use has been normalized to him/her. After someone has identified a drug problem in a person they care about, he/she can discuss the effects that the drug abuse is having and introduce the idea of seeking out drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Here are a few signs covered in the video that someone you may know is developing a problem with drug use:
  • Sudden deterioration of physical appearance, particularly in the case of sudden weight loss and a pale or malnourished look
  • Drop in performance and/or attendance at work or school
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid for no reason

  • To learn about the different warning signs of substance abuse and drug addiction, see the full video here:

    Pyramid Healthcare offers a full continuum of care for adults and adolescents addicted to drugs and/or alcohol in rehabilitation facilities located throughout Pennsylvania. Addiction treatment programs include detoxification, residential inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, halfway housing, transitional housing, and methadone/Suboxone maintenance therapy. To learn more about talking to a loved one about addiction or how committing to a rehabilitation program can help someone overcome an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, contact a Pyramid Healthcare representative at or call 1-888-694-9996.