Drug Addiction

Few diseases are as misunderstood as drug addiction. People shun the addict, look down on the disease, and are afraid to face it when it occurs due to these stigmas. For those who live it, addiction can seem like an endless trap of disappointment and failure.

Drug addiction can fall into several categories. People can be hooked on stimulants like cocaine or meth. Others abuse benzodiazepines and tranquilizers like Xanax. Marijuana and synthetic drug abuse are also common and cause major problems in a person’s life. Finally, opiates like prescription painkillers and heroin are destroying lives. Each type of drug addiction has its own risks and dangers, and each type controls people and greatly impacts their lives.

Signs of Stimulant Abuse:

  • Increased body temperature
  • Euphoria
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased respiration
  • Dilated pupils

Stimulants Raise the Body’s Metabolism

Cocaine and meth are some of the more common stimulants that are abused in our country today. Cocaine is powerful and addicting, and is commonly used in connection with other drugs and alcohol. It, like all other drugs, can overtake a person’s thoughts and desires, so that all they want is another high.

Meth is very much like cocaine in that it causes a rush of a high that leaves people wanting more. Meth is commonly made in home labs and it does serious damage to a person’s body and appearance, as well as their mind.

Other stimulants like study drugs (Adderall and Ritalin) have similar effects on people and are often the gateway to stronger drugs.

Learn about cocaine addiction.

Signs of Benzo Abuse:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Memory problems
  • Anorexia
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Tremors

Benzodiazepines (Benzos) Relax and Tranquilize the User

This class of drugs consists of tranquilizers like Xanax. They are commonly prescribed for sleep and anxiety disorders, but when abused, they cause a feeling of euphoria. A person on these drugs can quickly become dependent on them, which can also make it dangerous to come off the drugs. Learn more about Benzodiazepine abuse.

Signs of Marijuana Abuse:

  • Distorted perceptions
  • Impaired coordination
  • Poor memory
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hunger
  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia

Marijuana is not Harmless

Marijuana is a drug that has caused a great deal of confusion in today’s world. While many states are legalizing it for medical or recreational use, many people are becoming addicted to this drug. It is particularly dangerous because of people’s perception that it is harmless. Addiction to marijuana can easily creep up on someone, and can also lead to other types of drug abuse.

Learn more about marijuana abuse

Signs of Synthetic Drug Abuse:

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness

Synthetic Drugs are Chemically Similar to Illegal Drugs

Synthetic drugs like K2 and bath salts are often perceived as safe when they are not. These drugs are chemically formulated to simulate the effects of drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and meth. Some of these drugs are even legal and can be purchased at corner convenience stores in certain areas. But these drugs have serious side effects and can land people in the emergency room for things like seizures and hallucinations.

Signs of Opioid Abuse

  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Abandonment of important activities
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Insomnia

Opioids Have a High Potential for Abuse

Opioids are the most commonly abused category of drugs, the one that has been labeled an epidemic, the one that kills more people today than motor vehicle accidents and more than any other drugs combined. These drugs include prescription painkillers and heroin, both of which are being abused at an alarming rate. Opioids are extremely addicting, causing the user to show drug-seeking behavior and very quickly leading to dependence.

Learn about heroin abuse

Learn about prescription opioid abuse

All drug use is dangerous and can lead to addiction. When addiction occurs, a person needs treatment and rehab to recover completely. For many, it is impossible to try to quit on their own, and they must be guided by caring professionals who understand this disease.

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