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Alcohol Addictions


Alcohol

By changing the way we view and treat alcohol addiction, an improved quality of life can be realized for millions of people worldwide. As science continues trying to find more innovative and effective treatments, we must continue utilizing methods for preventing and treating this destructive disorder. Current statistics further illustrate the urgency of this situation. For example, alcohol is now the third leading cause of preventable death in the US, with an estimated 88,000 people dying from alcohol-related causes annually. Additionally, alcohol abuse costs the US over $223 billion annually, burdening communities with increased costs for treatment, incarceration, law-enforcement, and burials for those who have become dependent on the government due to their alcohol-induced unemployment or homelessness. Alcoholism is not merely a personal issue.
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Tobacco Addiction


Tobacco

According to the Center for Disease Control, tobacco is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that 1 out of 3 first time cigarette users will become addicted. Nicotine is the most addictive ingredient in tobacco, and acts as a stimulant once it reaches the brain. It also releases dopamine and adrenaline to the user. Individuals become addicted to tobacco, both emotionally and physically; emotionally, it gives the user a feeling of relaxation and calm. Many young adults today use smokeless tobacco in the form of chewing tobacco or snuff which is also very addictive and has been linked to mouth and throat cancer. Approximately 75

% to 80% of smokers who try to quit end up relapsing. A government study found that inpatient tobacco addiction treatment had a success rate of 41.5% when combined with follow-up calls and support.
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Opioid Addiction


Opioids (like heroin)

Opioid and opiate drugs are imperative for those suffering from extremely painful physical problems such as cancer or chronic pain from injuries or illnesses. However, in recent years opioids have been the leading cause of death from drug overdoses. This is in part due to the fact that the rate of sales has increased tremendously over the past few years. In 2010, 3 out of 4 pharmaceutical deaths were attributed to opioids. There has been a significant increase in opioid abuse and opioid overdose deaths in women in recent years also. As it becomes harder and harder for individuals to get their hands on prescription drugs due to the fact that doctors have become stricter about the ways they prescribe medication, many are now turning to heroin. Heroin is cheaper than other opioids on the black market. Because of this fact, more and more individuals will become addicted to heroin.
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Prescription Drug Addiction


Prescription Drugs (sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics)

In a survey held in 2013, when individuals were asked if they thought that we were making progress in ending prescription drug abuse, only 16% said that they thought we were, while 37% said that they thought we were losing the battle of prescription drug addiction. This is according to CLAAD (Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence). It is true, prescription drug abuse in the United States has reached epidemic proportions in the last several years. Prescription drug overdoses were one of the leading causes of death in the US in 2010. Opioids are among the most abused prescription drugs. Opioids are drugs such as Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Percocet and Fentanyl. What many people don’t realize is that selling these drugs or even giving them to someone for whom they were not prescribed is ILLEGAL. This can entail jail time just as if one were selling heroin or cocaine.
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Cocaine Addiction


Cocaine

In the world of drug trafficking, cocaine is the second most illegally distributed drug, globally. The fascination with this drug has resulted in an astounding number of cocaine addictions and overdoses, with 1.9 million people in the United States alone who have a cocaine dependency. Combine this number with all the other statistics on heroin and opiate addictions, alcoholism, and meth addictions among many others and the big picture becomes all too clear. Far too many people who would otherwise be out contributing to society and to their families are otherwise occupied with drug seeking, getting high, and being completely out of the loop, so to speak. Most addicts fail to realize that their addiction is not simply a personal issue, it affects many innocent loved ones and society as a whole.
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Cannabis (Marijuana) Abuse


Cannabis (marijuana)

The difference between cannabis use and cannabis abuse is one of the most controversial topics being discussed today. Those who subscribe to the benefits of medical marijuana have a far different viewpoint than someone who has never used the substance for any reason. Those who partake of marijuana for recreational purposes have their own opinion about the issue. Currently in the US, twenty-three states and the DC area have legalized marijuana for medical use. On the other side of the spectrum, there are currently over 94 million people who admit to using marijuana at least once in their life for recreational purposes. We ask: “Is it good or is it bad? Should it be legal or illegal? Can it be both? Can we agree to disagree? “ Only time will tell. If you need help with trying to discern whether someone you love is abusing marijuana contact Choices Recovery for immediate help.
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Amphetamine Addiction


Amphetamines (like methamphetamine, known as meth)

Amphetamines and stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, are highly prescribed by doctors today for those suffering with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In addition to this, amphetamines are prescribed for those with sleep disorders or other problems such as obesity. However, addiction to these drugs can be a high risk for some individuals. Amphetamines can cause a person to feel more confident and talkative in social situations where they are normally shy and quiet. These drugs also make people more alert and energetic. Therefore, many want these drugs for that reason only. As tolerance builds to the amphetamines, individuals take higher doses for the same effects. Many college students buy these drugs illegally for the purpose of staying awake to study and being able to party all night and then get up and go to classes the next day.
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Hallucinogen Addiction


Hallucinogens

Due to the large number of psychoactive ingredients that are found in hallucinogenic drugs, unpleasant side effects are not uncommon. Hallucinogens can cause the user to harm his or her self or others because of the psychosis which can occur causing the user to be violent and aggressive. LSD, also known as acid, when taken in large doses can cause delusions and visual hallucinations. This drug can either cause many emotions at one time or the user may swing quickly from one emotion to another. Some users of LSD have had experiences such as hearing colors and seeing sounds. Bad trips are often experienced with this drug causing panic and fear. High doses of PCP, another hallucinogen, can cause seizures, coma, and even death; death is most commonly from suicide while intoxicated.
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Inhalant Abuse


Inhalants

Laughing Gas, Poppers, Snappers, Whippets, Bold and Rush — These are all street names which you may hear your teens or preteens talking about. They are referring to inhalants, which are commonly used to obtain highs by these kids. Inhalants are liquids, gases or sprays that people sniff or inhale in order to obtain this high. They are easily accessible as they are common items used around the house daily, things such as gasoline, solvents, lighter fluid, shoe polish and aerosol sprays. According to inhalant.org, over 2.6 million kids ages 12 – 17 use inhalants to get high, and 59% of children 12 years of age know of friends who are “huffing.” Inhalants can cause brain damage from a lack of oxygen getting to the brain. Regular abuse of inhalants can also cause liver damage, heart failure and muscle weakness. Pay attention to what your teens are doing at home.
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Phencyclidine Addiction


Phencyclidine (known as PCP or Angeldust)

As is the case with many legal drugs, their career begins in the medical field, where they are used as anesthesia during surgery or for pain management following surgery. As time passes, the adverse side effects become evident and the product is pulled from the market. Unfortunately, the drugs don’t remain retired and often begin a new career – on the streets – where there are no controls on the purity of the drug. Laced with other chemicals, or hidden in less dangerous drugs, PCP has gradually made its way to being one of the most deadly substances abused today. Over 37,000 users have found themselves in the ER from an adverse reaction or overdose and more than 6 million people over the age of 12 have used this drug at least once. More than 3 percent of high school seniors in the United States used the drug at least once in their lifetime.
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