Substances are addicting, no matter what they are. All drugs have a potential for abuse even legal drugs like prescriptions leading to opiate addiction and benzo addiction. They can all be abused and people are getting addicted every day. Many don’t understand what the substances are, what they should be looking out for in their loved ones and signs of abuse.

Opiate Addiction

With the opioid epidemic claiming more and more lives everyday, opiate addiction is something that you need to be aware of. Opiate addiction can happen from prescription opioids whether they be prescribed by a doctor or bought for recreational use. Opiate addiction is extremely dangerous due to the high risk of an opiate overdose.

Many people who abuse opiates eventually abuse heroin, which causes a majority of overdoses due to other synthetic opiates being present in the heroin. Symptoms of opiate addiction are:

  • Extreme sleepiness (nodding)
  • Poor coordination
  • Itchiness
  • Pinned (constricted) pupils
  • Track marks (for intravenous users)
  • Suppressed breathing

These are all possible signs of an opiate addiction. Opiate addiction is extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one needs help for an opiate addiction, contact us now.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction can be hard to pinpoint at times since like all addictions, it is hidden. Since alcohol is legal, many people don’t believe that they are alcoholics. Many people question themselves, am I an alcoholic?

Signs and symptoms of an alcohol addiction can include:

  • Inability to control the amount of alcohol you consume
  • Cravings for drinking alcohol
  • Continuing to drink despite negative consequences
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol
  • Withdrawal symptoms when alcohol isn’t consumed such as: tremors, sweating, nausea and vomiting.

There are often legal consequences such as DUI’s and life consequences like losing jobs and relationships due to alcohol addiction. Alcohol withdrawal can cause death; always get medically detoxed from alcohol. We can help you find the appropriate treatment for yourself or a loved one.

Benzo Addiction

Benzo’s or benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are prescribed for anxiety, seizure and sleep disorders. Benzo addiction or dependence can happen when taking the medication as prescribed. Benzo addiction is very dangerous as the withdrawals are one of two withdrawals that can cause death. When someone with a benzo addiction and opiate addiction uses both drugs at the same time, it increase the risk of overdose since both drugs are depressants. Even if you are taking benzos as prescribed, you may need to be monitored by a doctor to taper off them. Signs of benzo addiction can include:

    • Sedation
    • Memory loss
    • Weakness
    • Confusion
    • Unsteadiness (lack of coordination)

If you are looking for treatment for your benzo addiction, call us now. We have admissions specialist available.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a stimulant drug, which increases the dopamine levels in the brain and can easily become addicting. Cocaine also comes in two forms, a white powder that is snorted, injected or smoked (called freebasing) or crack cocaine that is cocaine in rock form that is most often smoked. Cocaine is fast acting in the body, but has a short-lived high. This can cause someone to use it very frequently, which can leave him or her in a vicious binge cycle.
Symptoms of cocaine addiction are:

  • Being extremely alert
  • Dilated pupils
  • Weight loss
  • Erratic behavior
  • Mood swings

These are just a few symptoms of cocaine addiction. If you or a loved one is suffering with a cocaine addiction, there are options available for treatment.

Methamphetamine Addiction

More often referred to as meth, methamphetamine is a stimulant drug. While it has similarities to cocaine such as being highly addictive, meth is a long-lasting drug. Meth is snorted, smoked or injected. Meth addiction happens rapidly and can cause permanent changes in the way the users brain functions. It can also cause extremely erratic behavior.
Signs of meth addiction are:

    • Euphoria
    • Paranoia
    • Anxiety
    • No or little sleep
    • Hallucinations

If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from meth addiction, we can help you. Contact us today for drug rehab options.

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