America spends billions of dollars on drug abuse annually – not to mention the countless lives ruined by its destructive path.
Drug Abuse Vs. Drug Addiction
Drug abuse and drug addiction can be two different things. ‘Drug abuse’ includes anyone who uses an illegal or prescribed drug in a way it was not intended, though they may not actually be physically dependent on the substance. With ‘drug addiction,’ individuals are physically dependent on the substance. It is often easier to convince someone with a drug abuse problem to get drug abuse treatment than it is to convince a full-blown addict, who is likely to be more resistant.
Drug Abuse Treatment
Once you or your loved one makes the powerful decision to enter drug abuse treatment, the process usually begins with detox, a challenging yet necessary step that rids the body of the toxins left by drugs. The staff at American Addiction Centers provides medically-supervised detoxification to make the process as manageable as possible. Following detox, patients receive intensive individual, family and group therapy sessions, along with life skills training and a host of other services tailored to their individual needs.
Commonly Abused Substances:
Alcohol abuse can be life-threatening, with dangers of liver disease, fetal alcohol exposure, high blood pressure, stroke and more.
Central nervous system depressants produce a soothing sedative and anxiety-reducing effect that can lead to addiction. Depressants include Valium and Xanax.
Central nervous system stimulants produce enhancing effect on the mind and body, creating alertness and readiness. Examples include cocaine, methamphetamine, and Ritalin.
Hallucinogens can cause people to see things that aren’t there and can lead to psychological dependence. Examples include LSD, mescaline and mushrooms.
Opiates and narcotics are powerful painkillers that can cause drowsiness and euphoria if abused. These include heroin, opium and Oxycontin.
With the right professional help and support, drug abuse can be indeed be treated.
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