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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.
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 when someone cannot discontinue drinking without feeling the symptoms of 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 serious side effects, including addiction or overdose.
Crystal meth is a common amphetamine abused in the U.S. It is typically smoked, but can be snorted or injected. Continued use of meth destroys the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors, making it hard for users to experience the same pleasure. Cognitive-behavioral intervention therapy is an effective treatment for amphetamine addiction.
Ativan is a powerful anti-anxiety medicine that is part of a class of substances called benzodiazepines. Ativan drug addiction is a severe disorder that can be damaging without professional addiction treatment. Ativan assists people with symptoms of short-term anxiety and is not intended for long-term use.
Cocaine is a highly addictive Schedule II drug with a high potential for abuse. There are three standard methods of cocaine use, snorting, injecting, or smoking the drug. Serious adverse health effects can occur after the first use.
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, a highly addictive substance.
Fentanyl is a prescription opioid painkiller. The drug is so potent that doctors use it for patients who have fatal cancer. It is available as a transdermal patch and in oral and injectable formulations, which makes the drug very easy to use.
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.
Long-term use of marijuana can lead to physical and psychological dependence. The treatment for marijuana addiction is vast and effective. Cognitive behavioral therapy and addiction counseling are the most common forms of marijuana addiction treatment.
Methadone is a drug that is often used to ease the severity of drug withdrawal symptoms that occur during the detoxification process. Methadone assistances people addicted to other drugs experience a reduction in withdrawal symptoms. The drug has the potential to become highly addictive.
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. 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 believe 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. It 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.
Tramadol is a synthetic opioid pain reliever that is prescribed in pill or capsule form to manage moderate to severe pain. Patients have greater trust in Tramadol than other opioids, but this medication can be highly addictive.
Valium is a prescription medication that taken in small doses helps to manage insomnia and anxiety symptoms. When used in combination with other drugs, severe effects can result. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last from days to weeks to months following the last use.
Xanax is a prescription drug that falls into the category of a Benzodiazepine. The medication is used to induce sleep, treat anxiety and panic disorders, and alleviate alcohol withdrawal. Prolonged daily use can result in physical dependence and withdrawal when discontinued.
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