Millions of people drink alcohol responsibly every day without developing a problem. However, there are others who cannot drink even a small amount of alcohol without it affecting them psychologically and physically. For these individuals, drinking alcohol quickly develops into a substance abuse problem and they will need help to recover at some point. When someone is suffering from alcoholism, there will be certain signs and symptoms that can be observed. Depending on the severity of the condition, those symptoms can be difficult to spot, or they may be especially obvious. The problem is that warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism can remain unnoticed until it’s too late. By the time these indicators become obvious, the alcoholism has advanced to a severe degree and the individual has been struggling with his substance abuse problem for a considerable amount of time. Identifying these symptoms as early as possible will help you, or your loved one, get the needed treatment that much sooner. Early treatment may circumvent the negative consequences that often accompany prolonged substance abuse.

Opiates, also called opioids, are a class of drugs commonly abused in the United States. These drugs include prescription medication and the illicit drug heroin. They are responsible for substance abuse and addiction in millions of American men and women, including teenagers and young adults. Due to their highly addictive nature and euphoric effects, it can be extremely difficult for you or a loved one to get over opioid addiction or substance abuse. Severe and sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms may develop if you try to quit on your own. For these reasons, withdrawing from opioids is best done in a medically-supervised setting where you can receive the necessary care and treatment.

The benzodiazepine family of drugs, also commonly known as benzos, have been in circulation for decades and includes the popular prescription drugs Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium. Although there are many legitimate uses for benzodiazepines, when used improperly this drug family can produce seriously harmful medical side effects and even death. Anyone who has been taking benzodiazepines in any form and has concerns about withdrawal symptoms from stopping the medication should consider some important facts before moving forward. There are serious risks involved with benzodiazepine withdrawal that can be permanent and even life threatening if not adequately addressed. For these reasons, withdrawing from opioids is best done in a medically-supervised setting where you can receive the necessary care and treatment.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 14 percent of all Americans age 12 and older have experimented with cocaine at one time or another. Classified as a schedule 2 drug, cocaine is a stimulant that affects one’s central nervous system while also raising heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, the drug is known to increase energy levels and trigger severe bouts of insomnia, which can last for days on end. It is also worth noting that cocaine can cause users to experience extreme feelings of euphoria as the brain becomes bombarded with dopamine, one of the brain’s many chemical messengers responsible for feelings of pleasure. Collectively, these characteristics can make cocaine exceedingly addictive. Cocaine is a very powerful and highly addictive drug that can quickly disrupt the lives of those who are abuse it. While the signs of addiction and substance abuse are not always obvious at first, they inevitably become apparent.

Anyone aware of recent news has certainly heard mention of the horrific crisis of prescription drug abuse. Depending on how close you are to the problem, you may perceive it as substance abuse or accidental misuse. The truth is that either definition carries with it dangerous risks. It doesn’t matter if you borrow a friend’s prescribed drugs, drink alcohol on top of your dose, or take them to produce an alternative effect. Each of these is misusing and can eventually lead to a prescription drug abuse problem. In this article we’ll explain why any abuse of prescription drugs is and rightfully should be considered very dangerous. Prescription drug abuse can cause both psychological and physical risks. Once entangled in a web of substance abuse, it can seem like there is no escape. However, there is hope in recovery.

Meth, or methamphetamine as it’s technically called, is an illegal drug that provides stimulant advantages to the user. Though it has no medical value, it works by motivating the dopamine levels in the brain to bring a euphoric feeling. Dopamine is one of the brain’s main chemicals that produces pleasant sensations and stimulates an individual to feel good. Due to the highly addictive nature of this drug, it’s classified as a Schedule II substance. Using this drug for any period can bring about severe psychological or physical consequences.

Myths abound about the short-term and long-term consequences of use of MDMA, often called Ecstasy. MDMA is not new to the scientific community. Over 15 years of research conducted on animals has proven that MDMA damages specific neurons in the brain. Because of the difficulties of conducting similar research in humans, conclusive evidence of neurotoxicity in humans has not yet been established. However, a variety of studies have shown that some chronic, heavy users of MDMA have cognitive deficits.

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide-25) is the most powerful hallucinogenic known to man after the salvia plant. This ergotamine rye fungus extract was discovered by Dr. Albert Hofmann while working for Sandoz Laboratories in Switzerland in 1938. A dose strong enough to induce an 8 to 12 hour phantasmagoria acid trip could fit on the head of a pin. This psychedelic drug is known for its vibrant visual hallucinations more than any other psychedelic, which made it so popular during the ’60s up to the ’90s. It is estimated that millions of doses were distributed annually around the country that were produced by just a few labs on the west coast. Due to the potency, millions of doses could quietly be contained in a gallon-sized jug. It can cause delusions and unpredictable behaviors. Although it is not physically addictive, it can cause psychological intrigue, confusion, and situations of lapsed judgment that can lead to death. The risk of death is heavily increased when it is combined with other drugs such as alcohol and if taken while driving.

Marijuana is often portrayed as a drug with almost no dangers, but this does not mean that it is entirely harmless. People who regularly use marijuana can develop a dependence on it. When those with a marijuana abuse issue stop taking the drug, they can suffer from withdrawal. According to 2016 research published in the Neuroscience Journal, half of all daily marijuana users end up dealing with withdrawal at some point. When someone turns to substance abuse, it can seem like it came out of nowhere. However, it’s often the case that there was a cause (or causes that were hiding in plain sight). While marijuana is not considered to be a “hard drug” on the level as something like heroin or cocaine, there are arguments to be made that it can serve as a “gateway drug” that leads users to try more dangerous and addictive drugs.

Recent breakthroughs in substance abuse treatment have discovered a strong link between drug or alcohol abuse and specific mental health disorders. This revelation about the possible connections allows room for a professional dual diagnosis and a subsequent treatment plan that will encompass both areas of concern. There is a longstanding history between mental health disorders and substance abuse and addiction. The prevalence is so high among members of both parties that the cross over levels reaches almost astronomical proportions. The vicious cycle of substance abuse and addiction are so closely related to the mental health field that the two are virtually interchangeable. Recognizing the relationship between substance abuse tendencies and one or more mental health conditions can have a positive impact on viable treatment options.

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