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Types of Drug Addiction
There are a variety of reasons individuals turn to drugs and alcohol in their lives. Older adults are becoming addicted to Prescription pills at alarming rates, young adults are using synthetic designer drugs and opiates, and overdoses are skyrocketing. Drug and alcohol addiction is a dangerous and possibly deadly disease. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we help you create a treatment program that best meets your needs.
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Alcohol addiction is a medical disorder. Alcohol can be a highly addictive substance, particularly when consumed in large amounts within a short period. Like any other drug, alcohol affects the brain’s chemistry. Alcohol dependence is defined as the period when someone cannot discontinue drinking without feeling the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Ambien is a prescription drug that supports people who have issues falling asleep. Taking the drug can help stabilize a person’s sleeping patterns, but it can also become addictive if depended on for too long of a period. Misuse of this medication can result in hazardous side effects, including addiction or overdose.
Crystal meth is a common amphetamine. This substance is typically smoked, but it can be snorted or injected. Continued use of meth will destroy the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors, which make it hard for any user to experience pleasure. Cognitive-behavioral intervention therapy is the most effective treatment.
Ativan is a powerful anti-anxiety medicine that is part of a class of substances called benzodiazepines. Ativan addiction is a severe disorder. Ativan is intended to assist people with the symptoms of short-term anxiety and is not intended for long-term use due to the potential to be addictive.
Dilaudid is a prescription medication used to lessen moderate to severe pain caused by cancer, other medical conditions that involve chronic pain. The generic name for Dilaudid is hydromorphone. Opioids work by physically blocking the pain signals that reach the brain by decreasing the strength of pain and improving the patient’s emotional response to it. This drug is very addictive.
Heroin is one of the leading contributors to the opiate epidemic. Heroin can be ingested in three ways, injecting, smoking or snorting. The “high” from heroin will last a short amount of time, making the user need more of the drug. Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and kidney disease are all common consequences of prolonged heroin use.
OxyContin is the prescription version of an opioid narcotic pain medicine called oxycodone. This opioid is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. OxyContin extended release dosages are taken orally, and they shouldn’t be crushed, opened or broken. There is a high level of alarm about OxyContin abuse and addiction among teens and young adults.
Pharmaceutical opiates are a severe threat to public health. Since doctors prescribe prescription drugs such as Percocet, many tend to have the idea that they are safer and less harmful than illicit drugs or “street drugs.” The associated risk of overdose, respiratory depression, and accidental death are as high as heroin.
Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction. Suboxone is called a partial opioid agonist because it binds to the same brain receptors as opioids but is not an opioid itself. Just as with every other form of Suboxone, Suboxone strips are prescribed to treat opioid dependence. Only a licensed doctor can determine what formulation of this drug is best for a patient.