What We Treat
There are signs that appear when casual use has moved to a full blown addiction. General Symptoms of Substance Use Disorder:
- Change in Appearance.
- Change in Behavior.
- Relationship Problems.
- Sudden change in friends and acquaintances.
- Unexplained and increased need for money.
- Tremors, slurred speech, agitation, angry outbursts.
- Neglecting obligations at school, work, or home.
- Legal problems, arrests, and participating in illegal activity.
- Use of drugs in dangerous places with dangerous methods.
- Use of drugs to avoid withdrawal.
Opiates and Opioids-This class of drugs includes both legal and illicit substances that are addictive. Opiates and Opioids are depressant analgesics that are sometimes prescribed by doctor to treat pain symptoms. Both patients with legal prescriptions for opiates/opioids and users of Heroin will build tolerance and require more and more of the drug to achieve the same euphoric effect. Combining Opiates or Opioids with other substances are potentially deadly. For example combinations of Opioids with Benzodiazepines or Alcohol increase the chance of accidental overdose. Stopping these medications suddenly or without a plan will cause Opiate Withdrawal which can be very uncomfortable. Schedule an Assessment or Call us Now to discuss a safer and more comfortable way to end Opiate Addiction/Dependence.
Warning Signs of Opiate Addiction/Dependence:
The length of time, amount used, method of use, and quantity of use will determine the severity of Warning Signs and drug seeking behaviors. Those addicted to prescribed Opiate/Opioid medications may take more of their medication than is prescribed, “doctor-shop”, “nodding off”, seek medications from street dealers or the Internet. Users of legally prescribed drugs may switch to Heroin to cut down the cost or avoid the trouble of finding legal narcotics.
“Most Heroin fatalities involve men, particularly those who have struggled with other drugs or alcohol and other drugs or alcohol are often present.”
Users of Heroin (an illicit drug with no known medicinal value) may shoot, snort, or smoke this substance. Items you may notice are bent and burnt spoons, cut straws, aluminum foil with dark trails, and hypodermic needles. Behaviors you may observe are lying, “nodding off”, stealing, loss of interest in everyday activities, lack of hygiene, skin abscesses, congested lungs, isolation, irritability and many more.
If you or your loved one is struggling with Opiate Addiction and you want to talk about a solution contact us.
More Information on Addictive Substances
Depressants– This class of substances includes Alcohol, Cannabinoids, Opioids, Benzodiazepines, Sleep Medications, and Barbiturates. Depressants slow down the activity of the brain and nervous system, slowing down the communication between the two. For medical purposes they can relieve anxiety, relax muscles and are useful for sleeping disorders such as insomnia. Long-term use of these substances can cause the user to have an overall lower quality of life, isolation, and frequent accidents due to ataxia, respiratory depression, dissociation
- V cuts
Psychedelics– Psychedelic drugs have therapeutic and religious purposes. Psychedelic drugs are less likely to become dependent on but there is potential for abuse. The effects of psychedelic drugs vary tremendously, and are difficult to categorize, since they provide access to vastly different states of consciousness. They affect different people, at different places, and at different times, with incredible variation. Psychedelic drugs affect cognitions and over time can start to have long term consequences on mind and body.
- LSD “acid”
- Psilocybin “magic” mushrooms
- Mescaline (synthetic or peyote cactus)
Inhalants– This class of drugs consists of products that are commercially produced and readily available. They are not typically thought of as drugs because they were never intended to serve that function. Inhalants is the only class of substance that is more abused by younger teens than older teens. These drugs are inhaled through the nose or mouth in many ways. This activity is typically known as “huffing.” The high from inhalants lasts only a few minutes but users will keep the high going by inhaling repeatedly over several hours. Inhalants can be lethal and cause heart failure in a few minutes. This can happen from a single instance of huffing a substance. There may be serious long-term damage to hearing, kidneys, bone marrow, and nerves.
- Spray Paint
- Paint Thinners
- Correction Fluid
- Felt-tip Marker Fluid
- Nitrous Cartridges
Sometimes substances are used to self-medicate psychiatric disorders. Unhooked at the Heights staff are trained to recognize and treat these issues.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Depressive Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
- Personality Disorders