Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a substance despite experiencing negative consequences. People suffering from substance use disorder will continue to use that substance in order to feel “normal.” Read more about addiction.
It’s important to remember that drug addiction is a complex but treatable disease. Fortunately, for some substances there are now medications that can help with cravings, withdrawal and even overdose symptoms.
Worried that either you or a loved one may have an addiction to drugs? Help is just a phone call away.Find Help
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Narcan, which reverses an overdose caused by an opioid drug, is available free to people who live and work in Berks County.Learn more
Learn more about common abused substances from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Note: The following are characteristics of drug and/or alcohol abuse. However, some of these characteristics could also indicate other physical and emotional problems. If in doubt please see the assistance of a physician or call Reading Hospital Drug and Alcohol Hotline (484) 628-8186.
Bloodshot eyes • Dilated pupils • Dizziness • Sweating profusely • Constantly cold • Shaky hands • Looking/feeling “run down” • Weight loss • Weight gain
Mood Swings • Personality Changes • Defensiveness • Extremely emotional • Self-centered • Manipulative • Withdrawn • Dressing differently • Changes in relationships with friends • Social problems • Anxiety