Several types of drugs can be used by people to change their perception of reality, and not all of them are illegal. Many people think of substance abuse issues as only pertaining to street drugs, but this is not the case. Prescription drugs also have the potential to lead to addiction, and all addictions stem from the same type of disease. There is no variety that is “better” or “worse” than another.
Substance Groups Which May Lead To Addiction
Alcohol is legal, readily-available, and socially acceptable. We even have a number of ways to describe someone who should be seeking substance abuse treatment for alcohol addiction without coming out and saying that he or she is an alcoholic. Describing someone as “liking to tie one on” or “bend the elbow” may be hiding a bigger problem and not doing a loved one a favor.
2.) Illicit Or “Street” Drugs”
- Ecstasy/MDMA (Molly)
Not all illicit drugs create the same effect when ingested. Marijuana is a cannabinoid, and creates a feeling of euphoria and relaxation. Heroin is classified as an opioid and it produces a feeling of euphoria followed by drowsiness or heaviness. Cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamine are all referred to as “uppers”. They give users increased energy and mental alertness as well as elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Ecstasy/MDMA produces mild hallucinations and lowered inhibitions among users.
3.) Prescription Drugs
Opioid Pain Relievers
The problem of substance abuse and addiction to prescription medication is a bit different from someone developing a dependence on street drugs. If a patient starts taking more of the medication than the amount prescribed by his or her doctor or continues taking it past the time expected to treat the original health concern, there may be a substance abuse issue that requires treatment. Some people in this situation may exaggerate symptoms or see more than one doctor to get prescriptions to keep a supply of their medication going.
Help For Substance Abuse Addictions
No matter what type of substance is involved, a person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs needs help with treatment. At Avalon Malibu, we offer a wide range of custom and holistic treatment programs for substance abuse to address our clients’ individual needs.
Whether you are looking for options for yourself or a loved one, call us now to take the first step toward recovery! We are here to help!