Substance abuse and addiction, across the United States and around the globe. The problem is not isolated to illicit or street drugs, in fact legal designer drugs and prescribed pharmaceutical drugs are contributing to this epidemic at an alarming rate. Many of these substances, regardless of their legality present a high potential for addiction.
If you suspect a friend, loved one, child or other family member is abusing any of the following substances. it should be addressed immediately, lest addiction takes hold and grows into a larger, more serious or fatal issue:
- Ecstasy, MDMA, Mollies
- Hash, Marijuana
- Opiates and Opioids
- Speed, PCP, Angel Dust
- Designer Drugs, Synthetic Drugs, Bath Salts, Herbal Ecstasy, Spice, K2, Khat
- Hallucinogens, Mescaline, Mescaline, Psychedelic Truffles, Magic Mushrooms
- Methamphetamines, Crystal Meth
Illicit drugs vary in how they are used as well as their effects, and present a wide number of different indicators of abuse and addictions. However, all of these drugs can cause ill effects to health, social standing, legal status, interpersonal relationships, and generally speaking, when abused have serious potential to dramatically diminish the quality of life of anyone who abuses them.
Substance abuse and addiction treatment plans vary widely, depending on the drug in question, however many forms of drug addiction require both detox and therapy programs to be treated effectively.
Like all addictions, there is no one cure for substance abuse. Even in sobriety, an addict remains an addict, and true recovery requires a lifelong commitment. Aftercare plays a crucial role in the recovery process and many drug addiction treatment facilities provide aftercare planning and touch-up sessions, scheduled for after an addict have completed a program in their facility. Recovering addicts may also benefit by reaching out to local support groups, like Narcotics Anonymous, that can help serve as a source of strength when relapse or temptation to relapse occurs.
If you are a recovering addict, please realize that there is no shame in relapsing. Addiction is a lifelong struggle and while all of us wish it were not the case, many addicts do suffer at least one relapse in their lifetime. If this happens, remember, recovery starts with you and your commitment to sobriety. As long as you are trying to recover, there are resources available to help, including rehab. Even if you fail the first time, you can detox, enter a treatment program and try again, as many times as you need to.