When I was a drug addict, I remember thinking that my neighborhood was starting to develop a drug problem. I never thought it would get this bad. In Philadelphia, the number of heroin overdoses has nearly doubled in since 2014. In Palm Beach Country, the heroin epidemic cost the city 1.1 billion dollars. Yes, that's billion with a B. We could all recount overdoses and lives lost in 2016. One of my sister's friends died in the bathroom of a local breakfast diner a few months ago. It is … [Read more...]
Regardless of the type of addiction that you might be dealing with, now is the time to seek help. It will be impossible to lead a normal, healthy life if you don't work to kick your addiction, and doing so on your own can be difficult and dangerous. Different substances cause different withdrawals, and it could be incredibly dangerous or even lethal to attempt to detox on your own. By seeing treatment at a qualified facility, however, you can detox in a safe environment with the help of experienced and trained professionals, and you can also get counseling and other assistance to help you turn over a new leaf in your life.
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Heroin Addiction Treatment & Detox Centers
Synthesized from morphine, heroin is an opioid drug. It can be injected, inhaled or smoked, and it causes a high risk of addiction in individuals who use it. The drug is delivered to the brain very quickly through all three methods of use, and the high that it provides comes from the effect it has on the opioid receptors in the brain. This is particularly dangerous because these receptors are located in the brain stem, which is responsible for controlling automatic and essential functions such as breathing.
Heroin overdose is surprisingly common and can cause fatal suppression of breathing among other problems. Heroin users are also at an increased risk of HIV and hepatitis if they inject the drug. It is also responsible for collapsed veins, liver and kidney disease, pulmonary complications and more, and the body can become increasingly tolerant to it over time. This means that users need more and more of the drug to continue getting high.
Stopping heroin use suddenly can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, so it is important not to stop on your own. Luckily, behavioral therapies and medication are available to help you kick the habit safely. Methadone and buprenorphine are often used to wean the body off of the drug slowly. Another common treatment is naltrexone, which blocks the opioid receptors from reacting to the drug and can help prevent users from wanting to partake in heroin use. Call 1-866-317-7050 to discuss treatment options today!
Cocaine Addiction Treatment & Detox Centers
Cocaine is a highly addictive substance that targets and overstimulates the brain. It works as a powerful stimulant but can take a major toll on your body and even cause death.
When a user snorts cocaine or smokes it in a processed form known as crack, his or her blood vessels constrict immediately. This can increase your body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure. Many people feel shaky after using the drug, but cardiac arrest and seizures are a surprisingly and scarily common risk. Cocaine users also frequently feel manic, agitated or depressed, and permanent damage from snorting it can occur to the nasal septum and mucus membranes. Getting off cocaine has physical side effects, but it also has very serious mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms.
Although there are currently no FDA-approved drugs for use to fight cocaine addiction, there is help available. Treatment centers assess psychological issues and medical problems and use behavioral therapy as a way of helping affected individuals. We can help struggling cocaine addicts get into recovery. Call 1-866-317-7050 to discuss treatment options today!
Pain Killer Addiction Treatment & Detox Centers
Many people abuse pain medication without realizing just how dangerous this addiction can be. A lot of users start by taking pain medication for injuries but soon become addicted to the feeling that they get from taking the pills. Others feel that it isn't as risky to take pain killers as it is to participate in the use of other recreational drugs. Regardless, the dangers of prescription pain killer abuse are very real.
Those who are addicted to pain killers frequently find that their bodies become tolerant to the doses that they are accustomed to taking. This can lead you to take far more pills than you should, which can cause an overdose. Excessive use of hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin and other prescription can cause liver damage and damage to other organs, and death can even occur from depression of the respiratory system.
The withdrawal symptoms for addicted individuals who stop taking pain killers can be severe and can cause users to relapse. By seeking help at a qualified treatment facility, however, you can work with medical professionals who will help wean you off these drugs safely and who can help you deal with your psychological dependence on pain killers. Call 1-866-317-7050 to discuss treatment options today!
Alcohol Addiction Treatment & Detox Centers
Alcohol is a very commonly abused substance for many people. Since it is available legally, it is easily obtainable and generally considered to be socially acceptable. While some people can enjoy a few drinks socially, however, many find themselves with full-blown alcohol addictions. Although this might not seem like a big deal since the substance itself is legal, alcohol addiction is a real problem for many.
Not only can alcoholism cause negative effects in your personal life, but continued binge use of alcohol can cause serious health problems. Heavy alcohol use can cause serious and even life-threatening damage to the liver and pancreas. It can weaken the immune system and cause permanent damage to the brain as well.
The withdrawal symptoms for alcohol can range from mildly uncomfortable to life-threatening, so it is essential to detox in a safe environment around professionals who know what they are doing. Alcohol treatment is offered in the form of therapy and counseling, and professionals can look for additional substance abuse problems or mental illness to help with treatment. Call 1-866-317-7050 to discuss treatment options today!
Ecstasy Addiction Treatment & Detox Centers
Ecstasy is often seen a party or social drug, but its use can be anything but fun. Because it is a synthetic drug, it carries real dangers because you never know which ingredients might be in it. Also, since it has psychoactive properties, it can cause dangerous behavior.
Taking ecstasy can cause dangerous and even deadly changes in body temperature. It also has similar effects to other stimulants and can cause high blood pressure, a high heart rate and other symptoms. A bad batch of ecstasy can also be fatal due to unknown and unsafe ingredients.
Detoxing in a safe environment is an essential first step if you want to combat an ecstasy addiction. Then, qualified professionals can help you in the form of behavioral therapy to help you continue on with an ecstasy-free life. Call 1-866-317-7050 to discuss treatment options today!
Meth Addiction Treatment & Detox Centers
Meth is considered to be one of the most dangerous and most addictive drugs out there. It is a highly addictive stimulant that can be taken in a number of ways, and its effects can be highly harmful.
Many people who are going through the withdrawal stage can experience moments of extreme psychosis and violence. The drug is typically made on the street from a combination of over-the-counter products, so a dangerous and lethal batch is a big possibility. The drug can also cause paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, depression, anxiety and aggressiveness.
Meth can be deadly due to the many physical reactions that it causes. Irreversible damage to the blood vessels in the brain is likely and can cause strokes. A user's heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature will commonly go up while on the drug, and damage to one's major organs is likely.
Seeking treatment for your substance abuse issue is the most effective way to stop using meth and to turn your life around. Staying in treatment for a sufficient period of time and participating in behavior therapy and other forms of assistance can help you beat the addiction and stay drug-free into the future. Call 1-866-317-7050 to discuss treatment options today!
Xanax Addiction Treatment & Detox Centers
Much as with pain killers, many people feel that taking Xanax is acceptable because it is a prescription drug. Over time, users feel the need to take more and more of the drug in order to get the desired effect, which can cause an overdose. Taking Xanax along with alcohol can also cause a deadly overdose.
Due to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, it can be difficult to stop using Xanax. Fortunately, a substance abuse treatment program can help you through counseling and therapy and can encourage you to continue a drug-free life.
Addiction affects millions of people every year, so you should know that you are not alone. There is nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of, but it is imperative to do something about your substance abuse issue as soon as possible. It's perfectly acceptable to ask for substance abuse help, and doing so can make for one of the most positive changes that you will ever see in your life. To find out more about getting sober and staying that way, seek treatment at a qualified facility. Call 1-866-317-7050 to discuss treatment options today!
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