Drug abuse and drug addiction, though medically different, are both damaging to individuals and their families. Drug abuse can lead to many similar short-term problems as addiction. We can help by providing you with comprehensive, integrated treatment with American Addiction Centers. Call us now at 877-640-1943.
The annual cost of drug abuse in the United States is staggering. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found federal, state and local governments spend billions every year to address the consequences of addiction, with much of the money going to health care costs and processing individuals through the criminal legal system.
Drug Abuse vs. Drug Addiction
Drug abuse doesn’t necessarily mean drug addiction, as the term drug abuse includes anyone who uses an illegal or prescribed drug in a way it was not intended, regardless of whether or not they’re addicted to the substance. Both conditions, however, require professional help. Those abusing drugs but not yet addicted can be more receptive to concerns from friends and family, and the possibility of entering treatment.
Those with full-blown drug addiction frequently resist or dismiss attempts by their loved ones who raise the issue of seeking help. It’s very important to not be discouraged by this reaction from the addict, and not take it personally.
All stages of drug abuse are dangerous.
If you or a loved one needs detox and rehabilitation, contact us today to speak with one of our caring and experienced Treatment Consultants. We can answer any questions regarding the information on this site, and work with you to develop individualized plans for treatment provided by American Addiction Centers. If the drug abuse has not yet become addictive, our facilities can help you stop it before it does.
What happens during drug treatment?
For those who require it, detox will help overcome the physical addiction to drugs. Our highly experienced medical and nursing staff administer safe detox protocol and work to make the process as management as possible.
All drug rehab patients receive thorough assessments from our clinical team. They then work with us to develop a treatment plan that includes group and individual therapy sessions, life skills training, relapse prevention and more.
Aftercare is an essential part of recovery because it helps prepare for life after treatment, which may include 12-step meetings and counseling referred by our staff.
Commonly abused substances:
- Opiates and narcotics are powerful painkillers that can cause drowsiness as well as feelings of euphoria. These include heroin, opium, codeine and Oxycontin.
- Central nervous system stimulants have a stimulating effect on the body, as the name would imply, these drugs. Over time, users can build up a tolerance, requiring higher and higher doses be taken in order to achieve the same effect. Examples include cocaine, methamphetamine, and Ritalin.
- Central nervous system depressants produce a soothing sedative and anxiety-reducing effect that can lead to dependence. Some depressants include Valium, Xanax and by far the most commonly used, alcohol.
- Hallucinogens are drugs that can cause people to see things that aren’t there, and can lead to psychological dependence. Examples include LSD, mescaline and psilocybin (commonly referred to as “mushrooms”).
- Tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC) is the active in ingredient found in marijuana and hashish. THC-derived drugs are often used for their relaxing effect, but can ultimately lead to paranoia and anxiety.
Signs of Drug Addiction
Here are four signs a loved one may be addicted:
1. Dependence on a substance or activity. This may be the most obvious, but they won’t be able to go long without using, is abusing a substance regardless of the known dangers and is unable to stop. Someone who is constantly talking about wanting to drink alcohol but can go for days without a drink does not mean he or she is addicted – this may, however, signify an alcohol abuse problem that could turn into alcoholism. Addiction is a disease that cannot be haphazardly turned on and off.
2. Loss of focus/interest. For those battling addiction, there’s typically a loss of interest in the things they used to care about most – hobbies, activities, work, friends, etc. As addiction takes over, nothing else seems as important. In the same way, these individuals commonly disconnect from family, social or work commitments as they devote their time and energy to the addiction.
3. Change in daily patterns. Individuals may show a change in eating and sleeping patterns, and although they may know their actions are hurting themselves and their loved ones, addiction can’t easily be stopped. Sleepless nights, lack of desire to eat, changes in appearance and depression are common, noticeable results.
4. Separation from close family and friends. Those battling addiction often become more reserved and isolate from family and close friends, due to shame, guilt or embarrassment because of their addiction – or anger and resentment toward those they blame for their addiction.
Without professional help, drug abuse can quickly and easily transition to full-blown addiction. With our help, this can be treated. Call us today to find hope, and get started.
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