Substance abuse disorder does not discriminate between race, class, age, or gender- it is prevalent among all walks of life. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 20 million Americans over age 12 suffered from a substance abuse disorder in 2017. Roughly 74 percent of those adults were diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder, and 38 percent were addicted to illicit drugs. Those numbers are continuing to rise, and substance abuse disorders are claiming the lives of thousands each year.
Seeking drug treatment is the first step of the recovery process, and it’s vital to getting sober and reducing the risk of relapse. But not everyone who needs treatment actually gets it. One study found that only about 19 percent of people who are battling a substance abuse disorder ever seek professional help.
At Launch Centers, our mission is to help young people with substance abuse disorders get sober, reclaim their lives, and live up to their fullest potential. We welcome clients facing both mental health and substance abuse disorders, and we offer a variety of outpatient and day programs. Here are some of the substance abuse disorders we treat.
Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Valium, are a type of sedative drug that affects the nervous system. They are commonly prescribed to people who have depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, or seizures. Benzodiazepines can also help ease symptoms in people who are detoxing from alcohol.
The drug works by inducing relaxation and calming effects on the body, which can reduce pain and lower anxiety levels. Although it’s rare to overdose on benzodiazepines alone, using the drug in combination with alcohol can make them dangerous and potentially deadly.
Although benzodiazepines can be highly addictive, and the withdrawal process is difficult, there are treatment options available to help people make a full recovery.
For people with more serious addictions, an inpatient program can help them detox in a safe environment, and have 24/7 access to care. For others, a day program with therapy sessions can help motivate the person to stay sober.
Stimulants, like crack/cocaine, are highly addictive drugs, and because they only give users a quick high, many addicts use the drug frequently and use consistently in order to avoid withdrawal. Legal stimulants, like Adderall or Ritalin, are used to treat attention deficit disorders, and these can also become addictive if they’re not taken as prescribed.
When someone is addicted to a stimulant, they exhibit a few common warning signs, including sweating, shaking, irritability, and hyperactivity, among others. Unlike benzodiazepines or antidepressants, the chemical ingredients in stimulants make the user feel overly energetic, happy, and motivated, rather than relaxed.
Because of these effects, many people turn to stimulants if they are suffering from another disorder that makes them feel tired, sad or depressed. However, large amounts of crack/cocaine can cause unpredictable, erratic and even violent behavior in some people.
Getting professional drug treatment for a crack/cocaine addiction is extremely important. Trying to quit the drug “cold turkey” often causes unbearable side effects that lead to relapse. Inpatient treatment programs are very effective for treating people with serious crack/cocaine addictions, whereas people with more mild addictions can usually get better with regular therapy sessions.
Heroin is classified as an opioid, which is a type of drug prescribed to people with chronic pain. It’s an extremely addictive drug that floods the brain with feel-good chemicals, like dopamine and endorphins. It’s so addictive that one research study reported that one in four people who try heroin for the first time develop a dependency.
One of the reasons why heroin and other opioid addictions are so common is because the drug is widely accessible and relatively inexpensive. Unfortunately, it can also be laced with harmful substances that can lead to unexpected overdose and even death.
Not only is heroin highly addictive, but it’s very difficult to recover from. The highs only last several hours before withdrawal symptoms start to kick in, which encourages addicts to use frequently and consistently. On top of that, the withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable, and it can be hard to endure without professional help.
It’s very difficult to get sober from heroin without going to drug rehab. This is why it’s important to detox in a safe environment where medical help can be given if needed. Outpatient programs tend to be the most effective treatment options for recovering heroin addicts, which is then followed by medically assisted treatment, psychotherapy, and support groups.
For a majority of drug and alcohol addictions, medical detox can make a big difference in the person’s ability to recover successfully and most importantly, stay sober. People dealing with severe addictions need detox provided by a trained medical staff that can make the experience more comfortable and easier on the body. They can administer certain drugs to make the symptoms less intense, and provide other types of support throughout the process.
It’s important to remember that the withdrawal process is not short. Depending on the type of drug and the severity of the addiction, detoxing can take anywhere from one week to one month. And oftentimes, the mental and emotional symptoms last far longer than the physical side effects.
However, some people with more mild addictions are able to recover successfully by enrolling in a day program that offers counseling and other resources to help them maintain their sobriety. By speaking with a treatment professional, they can recommend a course of action based on your specific situation and needs.
At Launch Centers, we offer personalized treatment programs for young adults struggling with substance abuse disorders. At our clinic, we treat addiction and related causes while also teaching our clients important life skills. During their recovery process, clients explore their passions, set goals, and improve their self-esteem, so they can reenter the world and succeed in all areas of their life.