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Drug & Alcohol Addiction

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A Guide to Substance Abuse

Today in America, there are over 40 million people addicted to drugs & alcohol. In 2017, addiction was declared a public health emergency. Although addiction and substance abuse are widespread amongst the US, finding addiction treatment can still be confusing and a bit overwhelming. That’s where Addiction Treatment Solutions comes in. We understand addiction and the treatment process in a deeply intimate way and want to share our expertise with you. Our team is available 24/7 and here to help you through every step of the way.

In recent years it’s become socially acceptable to discuss addiction and mental health. Thanks to tools such as the internet, addiction and substance abuse are receiving a lot of visibility. Because of this, there are more addiction treatment options available for those who are struggling than ever before. Over the past few years, the Addiction Treatment Solutions has worked tirelessly to create a free service that helps those who need it most. Before we talk about treatment, let’s go over what addiction is and how we can help you or your loved one overcome substance abuse once and for all.

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Understanding Addiction

The Disease of Addiction Defined

Addiction is a medical condition that is manifested by compulsive substance or drug use despite negative consequences. Addiction runs are deeper than lacking self control. When you become addicted to drugs or alcohol, your brain has been conditioned to think it needs drugs or alcohol to survive. This is why addicts will go to great lengths to use drugs or alcohol. Even if their actions hurt the people around them or are detrimental to their physical and mental health. When you take drugs (such as cocaine, meth, opioids, and even alcohol), the pleasure center in your brain is triggered. When this happens, a number of chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin are released, which causes you to feel good. As a result of this, you will start to develop cravings for drugs or alcohol when you stop using them. This is your brain’s way of telling you it wants more drugs or alcohol.
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Signs of Drug Abuse

Addiction can impact your mental and physical health in a variety of ways. It can also impact your relationships; personal and professional. Commonly abused substances include opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, and cocaine. Symptoms and signs of addiction will vary depending on the substance you’re addicted to. Some factors that will play into your addiction are how much drugs or alcohol you use and how frequently you use it. Some of signs of addiction for these commonly used drugs are:
  • Opioids: Opioids can cause the user to “nod off” meaning this person will close their eyes and become incoherent for a period of time, almost as if they’re sleeping. Users will also have extremely small pupils and scratch at themselves as opioids cause people to feel itchy. It’s extremely easy to build a tolerance to opioids and users will often increase the dose they take to feel the effects.
  • Alcohol: Short term effects of alcohol abuse are experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shaking and seizures. Long term effects are cirrhosis of the liver and wet brain.
  • Benzos: Often shortened to benzos. These prescription pills are prescribed to treat panic attacks and are easily abused. Signs of an addiction for benzos are running out of a prescription before it’s eligible for a refill, buying the pills illegally, and having seizures as a withdrawal symptom.
  • Cocaine: Excess cocaine use can lead to weight loss, paranoia, insomnia, and depending on how it’s ingested, nasal issues. Over time, cocaine can lead to severe cardiac issues.

Aside from affecting your health, addiction will lead to issues in your personal relationships. While using drugs and alcohol, it will be difficult to maintain relationships. It’s hard to show up for friends & family and be reliable when all you want to do is get high. You may start avoiding celebrations or planned trips because you can’t use drugs or alcohol there. You may also start stealing from people you know if you run into financial issues (which happens all too often with addicts). Personal relationships will be strained because at some point, you will put your addiction before loved ones.

When addicted to drugs or alcohol it will also be hard to maintain employment. Addiction will take over your life to the point where you can’t function at work. You may start to nod off or are too wired to concentrate and complete your work. One of the biggest reasons addicts run into financial issues is because they’re unable to keep a job.

Common Substances of Abuse

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Drug Addiction Treatment Options

If you are struggling with addiction, know that help is out there waiting for you. Many people will try to beat addiction on their own and while it’s admirable, it’s rarely successful. This isn’t a battle you should fight alone. Getting sober is attainable with the right treatment and support system. Addiction Treatment Solutions will provide you with all the options and support you need to overcome your addiction.

Our team is highly specialized in referring addicts to the right kind of treatment for them. We know everyone is different and should be treated as such. When you call and ask for help we really listen and help you determine what treatment is best for you. Even after we place you in treatment, we’re still in touch every step of the way. We’re invested in your health. Addiction Treatment Solutions works with all different kinds of treatment centers throughout Southern California and is able to find the program that is perfect for you. With the help of our team, you can maximize your chances of making a successful recovery and maintaining your sobriety for years to come.

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At Addiction Treatment Solutions, we provide you with a free addiction treatment placement service. We’re available to speak 24/7 because we know when you decide to go to treatment, it’s important to get you there as soon as possible. We use a comprehensive treatment matching service that includes assistance with admissions, insurance verification, transportation assistance, and care management. If you or someone you love is having issues with addiction, please contact us today to learn more about our program. We are here to help you overcome addiction once and for all.