Drug Addiction

Drug AddictionThere is not just one category of drug addiction; substance abuse is a complex issue. Each class of addiction is unique in terms of drug effects, withdrawal symptoms and the type of recovery required.  Opiates, such as heroin or morphine, are physically addictive while stimulants, such as cocaine and Ecstasy are primarily psychologically addictive. With a better understanding of your addiction, you’ll be able to select the right treatment option for your recovery.

Opiate Drug Addiction

Opiates include drugs like heroin as well as prescription medications. They are classified as physically addictive and have a number of recognizable effects of addiction and withdrawal.

Signs of opiate addiction include:

  • Small pupils
  • Overly sluggish  behavior
  • Marks or bruises on the arms or body from taking the drugs intravenously

Opiates are highly physically addictive, making treatment for this type of drug addiction essential. Most addicts will also benefit from detox.

Stimulant Drug Addiction

Cocaine is one drug that is classified as a stimulant but as with opiates, prescription medications also fall into this category. It’s believed in particular that cocaine is primarily psychologically addictive so in some cases, detox may not be required for drug treatment. Instead, counseling can be used to address an addict’s emotional desire for the drug.

Marijuana Addiction

Addiction to marijuana is incredibly common and it affects people from all demographics. It’s often believed that marijuana is not harmful but the reality is that it has a strong component of addiction just like any other drug as well as harmful effects.

Unique Treatment for Each Drug Addiction

The above only focuses on a small number of addiction types but they are among the most common. It’s important to understand your addiction and recognize that drug addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your personality and mental health status will also play a role in the type of treatment you require. Ensure that you have a doctor or addiction counselor assess your particular needs so you receive the most effective treatment.

If you’re not sure about the treatment options that you should explore for your particular situation, give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss your options with you. Certified treatment advisers can point you in the right direction, teach you more about your addiction and ensure that you have realistic drug addiction rehab programs to explore. The call is free so you have no reason not to call!