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ADDICTIONS

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE CHEMICALLY DEPENDENT?

Chemical dependence is a puzzling, baffling issue. It is important to understand that it is a disease, not a moral issue. And while it may be a critical issue for those who become addicted (and those around them), it is not hopeless. The hope lies in acceptance and courage, in surrender and gratitude, and most of all in the ordinary people who are willing to share their stories with others who will hear them.

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ALCOHOL

Alcohol is the most widely used, abused and socially accepted drug in our society. And yet it is the most destructive drug to our body in long term use, basically breaking down the human cell. Drunkenness and alcoholic behavior is frowned upon in most countries. So what are some of the signs of intoxication, abuse and addiction? Unfortunately the most common symptom is denial, which many times will prevent the problem drinker to seek help before it is too late.

Here are some of the signs of alcohol intoxication.

  • A person’s inhibitions become lowered. They become more talkative and louder.
  • A person will progress through various stages of poor judgment. This can include foul language, off colored jokes and flirtatious behavior.
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Opiates

Opiates are a group of drugs used for treating pain. They are derived from opium which comes from the poppy seed plant. Opiates go by a variety of names including opiates, opioids, and narcotics. The term opiates is sometimes used for the close relatives of opium such as codeine, morphine, and heroin, while the term opioids are used for the entire class of drugs, including the synthetic opiates such as Vicodin and oxycodone. Some of the most well-known opiates include opium, heroin, fentanyl, morphine, codeine, Dilaudid, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. More information on the synthetic opiates can be found under the tab: “Pill Addiction.”

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Marijuana

Marijuana comes from the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis Sativa. The active ingredients that contains the mind altering effect is delta-9-tetrahhydrocannabinaol (THC).

Marijuana is now the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States (SAMSA 2014).The use has become widespread among young people. According to a yearly survey of middle and high school students, rates of marijuana use have steadied in the last few years after years of increase. However, the number of young people who believe marijuana use is risky is decreasing (Johnston, 2014).

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Cocaine

The popularity of cocaine use comes and goes, but is always around. Its effects can be devastating to the addict and their loved ones. It can lead to mental health issues, psychosis, cardiovascular disease, strokes, heart attacks and many behavioral problems. It is inhaled as a powder, smoked as a rock (crack cocaine) and injected after melted down. But like any drug addiction the secret to treatment from the disease is early intervention. So here are some of the signs and symptoms of cocaine use/addiction.

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Meth

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth, chalk, ice, and crystal, among many other terms, it takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. content goes here

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Pills

Prescription drug addiction is becoming a growing problem that is usually not recognized as serious as it should be. Many people feel that if it is prescribed by a doctor it must be safe. Many times if taken for a short period of time, as directed, it can be safe. But we have heard time and time again of the overdoses related to pill addiction. (Watch “Overtaken” video on this site). What we must recognize is that prescription drug addicts are addicted in the same way that those who get hooked on street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or even alcohol.

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Designer Drugs

Examples include LSD and mescaline, as well as so-called naturally occurring hallucinogens like certain mushrooms. These drugs can be dangerous in their ability to alter the perceptions of the user. For example, a person who is intoxicated with a hallucinogen may perceive danger where there is none and to think that situations that are truly dangerous are not. Those misperceptions can result in dangerous behaviors (like jumping out of a window because the individual thinks they are riding on an elephant that can fly).

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