Substance abuse is the misuse or overuse of drugs or alcohol. This negative behavior requires substance abuse rehab. The professionals at Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers Madison, can help you or a loved one decide which is the best substance abuse rehab program for your specific needs.
While illicit drugs are essentially always “misused” as they serve no true medicinal purposes, a prescription medication such as Adderall or Xanax is misused when consumed in a way or amount other than as instructed by the prescribing physician. The overuse of a drug or alcohol refers to the consumption of large quantities of the substance with the intention of becoming intoxicated or “high.”
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The substances that people commonly abuse can be divided into different categories based on their common properties and effects. Some of these include:
Stimulants excite the central nervous system and generally give a person a burst of energy and cause them to feel euphoric. Some examples of stimulants include:
Sedatives are drugs that suppress (depress) the central nervous system. The effects of these drugs include relaxation, lethargy, euphoria, and a strong sense of calm. Sedatives can include:
Opiate drugs are powerful painkillers often used to treat severe or moderate pain. Additional effects of opiates include overwhelming euphoric calm and relaxation (much like sedatives). Some opiates may include:
Substance abuse may lead to some serious health effects. Some of these effects can vary by drug category or even specific drugs, but several of the health effects are universal for prolonged substance abuse. These can include:
A person may develop a substance abuse problem or drug addiction to any number of substances. However, some are more addictive than others. Among the most addictive are heroin and crystal meth. These two drugs can cause a person to become addicted with only one or two uses. Other highly addictive drugs are alcohol, cocaine, Adderall, and morphine.
Treatment for substance abuse and drug or alcohol addictions begins with the detox process. Detox is the process of getting the addicted substance out of the person’s system and dealing with the withdrawal symptoms that they feel as a result. This is best accomplished in an inpatient rehab program. Medical detox can help to monitor the withdrawal symptoms and keep the patient from relapsing in the middle of the process.
Additional treatments include individual and group therapy, art therapy, restorative yoga, equine therapy, and various other options. These treatments are designed to help recovering addicts to discover the reasons they developed a substance abuse problem and to help deal with those issues in healthy productive ways to avoid future relapse.