Drug addiction is a very real problem all over the United States today. While each area and city experiences drug addiction differently, with different drugs being more prevalent than others, the basics of addiction and of drug rehab and treatment are essentially the same.
While drug addiction does have some universal signs such as drug-seeking behavior, withdrawal from friends and family, and changes in behavior and mood, each type of drug addiction has its own unique set of symptoms and signs that can indicate to the people around the addict that they have developed an dependence.
Heroin is a drug that is regaining popularity among drug users across the United States. This highly addictive drug is one of the most difficult to recover from and can take a serious toll on a person’s health both during use and in withdrawals. Heroin abuse and addiction are characterized by a tendency to randomly and suddenly nod off and fall asleep, complaints of queasiness or nausea, a tendency to scratch the skin or feel constantly itchy, slurred speech and disorientation.
Klonopin is a prescription drug most often prescribed for anxiety or panic disorder but can also be used to treat seizure disorders. However, some patients develop an addiction to the medication due to the relaxing and euphoric effects that it can have. Signs of Klonopin addiction include insomnia and restlessness, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, sensitivities to light and sound, and skin rashes. Addicted people may also act anxious or depressed.
Crystal meth is perhaps the most addictive drug on the streets today. It is an entirely manmade drug containing numerous potentially toxic chemicals. The drug produces a rapid and intense sensation of euphoria. Signs of meth abuse and addiction include confusion, irritability, eye twitching, hyperactivity, and not sleeping for prolonged periods of time (possibly even several days). Addicts who are crashing from use conversely may sleep for days on end and show little to no awareness or consciousness during that time.
The first step in any drug addiction recovery program is to undergo detox. Detox is the period of time that it takes for the drug to completely leave the person’s system and for worst of the withdrawal symptoms to cease. In most cases the safest and most successful detoxes are those that are undertaken under profession supervision either in a hospital or rehab facility. This is due to the potential severity of withdrawal symptoms and the tendency of people doing detox at home to give up and relapse mid-detox.
One of the main components of any successful addiction recovery program is cognitive/behavioral therapy. This technique involves both individual and group therapy sessions. The purpose of this therapy is to determine the underlying causes of a person’s addiction as well as to develop coping mechanisms for dealing with it. Family therapy may also be used to better understand the family dynamic and how it may contribute to addictive behaviors. These therapies are the main component of many treatment programs and are the most effective at helping patients develop goo habits for sober living including continuing support group meetings even after rehab is complete.
Rehab and recovery can also include several additional treatments and alternative medicine treatments to supplement therapy. These include acupuncture and chiropractic care which are used for relaxation, pain management, and to help rebalance the body. Therapies such as equine therapy, yoga, and art therapy are designed to help recovering addicts deal with their emotions, thoughts, and feelings in healthy productive ways and to heal relationships with others and themselves.
As you can see, addiction is an important issue to know about and understand. With this information in hand, you will be prepared to act and to help should you or someone you love suffer from a drug addiction problem in the future.
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