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Types of Addiction

Drug Addiction Recovery Treatment

Drug addiction isn’t limited to a specific variety of substance, or whether a mind-altering substance is obtained on a street corner versus a pharmacy or liquor store.  Addiction and dependence upon drugs and alcohol has no boilerplate chemical compound that one has to become dependent upon to qualify as an addict. There is no minimum amount of money needed to be spent daily or weekly for someone to be distinguished as an addict or alcoholic.  Addiction is a disease of physical and mental dependence that umbrellas a wide variety of illicit, naturally occurring, legal, and pharmaceutical entities.  The types of mind and mood altering chemicals that have the capacity to lead to addiction is widespread, but the inevitable life-threatening consequences that are associated with drug addiction do not change and are not dependent upon the specific drug.  Addiction to alcohol can just as easily lead to death as an addiction to crack cocaine.  The only real defining factor in denoting the different types of addiction is the various treatment options that are available that cater to specific substance dependency issues, how these addictions vary in their rates of physical and mental deterioration, and the unique symptoms that are associated with each substance.

Opiate addiction

Opiate drug dependency occurs when an individual becomes addicted to a substance that is derived from the naturally occurring poppy plant that produces opium.  Opiates are narcotic painkillers that can be found in their natural state, such as opium, and also synthetically reproduced to alleviate pain and induce euphoric sensations.  Opiate drug dependency comes in many forms, as the various types of opiates (or opioids) is vast:

  • Prescription painkillers (Oxycodone, Roxycodone, Oxycontin, morphine, hydrocodone)

  • Heroin

  • Opium

Opiate drug dependency is characterized by the drug’s powerfully sedating effects, and its incredibly painful detoxification process.  Opiate detoxification is typically a long process that can last for weeks.  Tolerance to opiates can build rapidly, and addiction to opiates can develop quickly leading to addiction.  Drug addiction recovery treatment for opiate drug dependency focuses on underlying issues that are provoking the continuation of opiate abuse in the user.

Cocaine addiction

Cocaine addiction dependency is an addiction to the powerful stimulant of cocaine.  Cocaine is one of the most highly addictive and widely abused stimulants, that is known for its powerful energizing and euphoric qualities.  Known widely as a designer drug in its powdered form, and as “rock” or “crack” in its solid state – cocaine addiction dependency is one of the hardest drug addictions to overcome without proper cocaine drug addiction recovery treatment.  An individual can become heavily addicted to cocaine after a single use of the drug, and the intense physical dependency to cocaine leads to severe cravings for cocaine when it isn’t used.  This can lead to the user resorting to illegals methods to obtain money or more cocaine to “feed” their habit.

Prescription pill addiction

Available via a physician’s orders, prescription pills are a multitude of legal medications that can be abused if taken incorrectly.  Prescription pills come in a variety of forms, all with a high potential for abuse and addictive qualities:

  • Anxiety medications

  • Sleeping pills

  • Amphetamines

  • ADD medication

  • ADHD medications

  • Prescription narcotic painkillers (opiates)

  • Benzodiazepines

  • Stimulants

  • Depressants

Prescription pills often are not initially taken for their abuse potential, but are inevitably taken against doctor’s directed use instructions after a physical and mental addiction has developed.  Prescription pill addiction can develop after continued use develops into physical and mental addiction for the user, after repeated use and tolerance has built to the drug.  Depending upon the prescription pill of choice, detoxification from such can be life-threatening if not supervised by a drug addiction recovery treatment program.

Methamphetamine addiction

Methamphetamine is a synthetic cousin of amphetamines.  Typically “cooked” by a misuse of over-the-counter medications and dangerous chemical compounds, methamphetamine is a cheap and readily available stimulant that provides users with a long lasting rush of energy and euphoric sensation.  Methamphetamine abuse and addiction quickly develops in as short of a time as after only a single use of the drug.  Methamphetamine is so powerfully addictive that unless a powerful drug addiction recovery treatment program is sought to rectify the damage caused by abuse, the user can suffer serious side effects to methamphetamine addiction – including death.

Designer drug addiction

Bath salts, K2, Spice, and other forms of legally obtained “incense” sold in corner markets nationwide – designer drugs are the newest addition to the epidemic of addiction.  While the national law enforcement agency is constantly attempting to disband the companies who are rapidly changing the chemical compounds of these drugs in an attempt to continue skirting the law and selling them over the counter, their efforts have been too late for so many.  Associated with deaths nationwide, these designer drugs are full of compounds that were never meant to be consumed by people.  A cheap and barely legal high is proving to be a high price for those who want to partake in designer drugs.  These substances are highly addictive and dangerous, with their side effects still widely unknown.

Alcohol addiction

Alcoholism, or alcohol addiction, is the abuse of the most widely consumed mind altering substance.  Alcoholism is characterized by the inability to cease drinking alcohol despite personal, professional, legal, and interpersonal consequences that develop from drinking heavily.  Alcoholism can develop slowly, but quickly progresses once the individual has crossed the invisible line between social drinker and alcoholic.  Chronic alcoholics suffer from diminished cognitive capabilities and serious health problems that are linked to the toxins that the body can no longer process due to long term alcohol abuse.  Alcohol addiction is rarely ever overcome without the assistance of a drug addiction recovery treatment program.

If you or someone you loved is addicted to any substance, they need help.  Addiction Solutions has access to the best drug addiction recovery treatment options for all types of addictions and severities of such.  Call us today if you are ready to take the next step towards the rest of your life, free from active addiction.  Our professional addiction specialists are standing by and ready to help you on this next journey of your life.

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