Do I need treatment, I just have fun on the weekends? 

Does my Mom need treatment - she keeps taking more and more of her pain meds, but she's not high...? 

Does my best friend need help, he brings water bottles to class everyday,

but they're full of vodka, and he's not doing well in school?

 

All great questions.  So, how about if we first talk about the difference between addiction, abuse, binging and dependence, and then maybe you will be able to better judge for yourself...

Abuse is when a substance is purposely and/or inappropriately used.  As a benign example, inhaling helium to make your voice sound funny could be considered abuse - this is NOT what helium is for, the effect wears off after awhile, and the person is "ok."  They probably won't spend every waking moment trying to figure out how to get more helium to change their voice.  Their life has not be dramatically affected by the substance used.

Binging is when far more, than what is considered normal or necessary, of a substance is used in a short amount of time.  This could be a one-time occurrence, or a routine that happens at regular intervals.  There could be after effects (such as a hangover) or the user could be fine.  Usually, the user's life has not be changed in any significant way.  (Of course this assumes no DUI has occurred.)

Dependence is when the user is no longer feeling the euphoria of being high.  Rather, they are using their drug of choice to avoid withdrawal symptoms.  They may still be able to work, attend school, maintain relationships, but they are tethered to their drug of choice and worry about being without it and thus suffering the pain of withdrawal.

Addiction is when the use of a substance becomes the overriding factor of one's life.  Their life focus is no longer on friends, family, work, school, leisure activities...their focus is how to get more of their drug of choice.  Relationships suffer.  Financial hardships occur.  One's health and appearance change for the worse.  And such a life will NOT improve without outside help.

At New Perspective Recovery, we treat addiction to, and dependence on, the drugs listed below.  If any of the behaviors described below sound familiar, please feel free to call us to discuss your individual situation.   We are NOT high pressure salesmen.  We have all been where you are now, and if nothing else, can help you with clarity regarding your situation.  Please call 800-901-1841.

Ok, So What are the Most Common Drugs for Which Detox and Addiction Recovery Treatments are Currently Being Sought?

 

Alcohol (aka booze, juice, sauce):

action on the brain/nervous system: downer/sedative

behavior of the user:  anger/joy (depending upon the user) fatigue, slurred speech, red eyes, unsteady gait

common withdrawal symptoms: headache/body aches, irregular heartbeat, nausea, tremors, vomiting

Amphetamines: 

action on the brain/nervous system: upper/stimulant

behavior of the user:  aggression, confusion, diarrhea, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, nausea, panic, rapid breathing, restlessness, seizures, vomiting

common withdrawal symptoms: DANGEROUS, REQUIRING ROUND THE CLOCK MONITORING, cramping, depression, elevated blood pressure/heart rate, fatigue, nausea, tremors, vomiting

Benzodiazepine (aka Ambien, Ativan, Klonopin, Librium, Restoril, Rohypnol, Valium, Xanax):

action on the brain/nervous system: sedative/tranquilizer

behavior of the user: sedation

common withdrawal symptoms:  DANGEROUS, REQUIREING ROUND THE CLOCK MONITORING, anxiety/panic attacks, agitation, hallucination, muscle/joint pain and stiffness, seizures, tremors

Cocaine (aka coke, crack, snow, blow):

action on the brain/nervous system: upper/stimulant

behavior of the user: aggression, agitation, insomnia, loss of appetite, weight loss

common withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, irritability, joint/body pain, tremors

Ecstasy (aka molly, club drugs, street drugs):

action on the brain/nervous system: euphoria, sexual arousal, sense of well being

behavior of the user: inappropriate sexual behavior, extreme (inappropriate) friendliness

common withdrawal symptoms: agitation, anxiety, confusion, cravings, depression, insomnia, memory problems, paranoia

Fentanyl (aka China Girl, TNT)           

action on the brain/nervous system:  sedative, pain killer

behavior of the user:  euphoria, intense relaxation

common withdrawal symptoms:  blurred vision, chills, constipation, dizziness, irritability, itching, nausea, restlessness, seizures, slowed breathing, sweats, vomiting

Heroin (aka dope, China white, horse, black tar):

action on the brain/nervous system: sedative, pain killer

behavior of the user: euphoria

common withdrawal symptoms: depression, nausea, pain, skin irritation, vomiting

LSD (aka acid, trips):

action on the brain/nervous system: change of perception, delusions, hallucinations

behavior of the user:  incoherent, tangential thought

common withdrawal symptoms: flashbacks

Marijuana (aka cannabis, mary jane):

action on the brain/nervous system: downer/sedative

behavior of the user: decreased motivation, fatigue, increased appetite

common withdrawal symptoms: chills, fever, hallucinations, headaches, restlessness, sweating

Methadone:

action on the brain/nervous system: sedative, pain killer

behavior of the user:  euphoria

common withdrawal symptoms: depression, pain

Methamphetamines (Street Names - crystal, speed, ice, crank, Prescription Names - Focalin, Concerta, Methylin, Ritalin):

action on the brain/nervous system:  upper/stimulant

behavior of the user:  aggression, confusion, diarrhea, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, nausea, panic, rapid breathing, restlessness, seizures, vomiting

common withdrawal symptoms: DANGEROUS, REQUIRING ROUND THE CLOCK MONITORING, cramping, depression, elevated blood pressure/heart rate, fatigue, nausea, tremors, vomiting

Morphine:

action on the brain/nervous system: sedative, pain killer

behavior of the user:  euphoria

common withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, depression, flu like symptoms (chills, diarrhea, fever, increased blood pressure/heartbeat, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, runny nose, sweating, vomiting, watery eyes) irritability, insomnia

Opiates (Fentanyl, Heroin, Methadone, Morphine):

please refer to the specific drug/pain killer referenced here as opiates

Sedatives (Benzodiazepines): 

please refer to the specific drug listed

Stimulants/Uppers (Amphetamines, Cocaine, Methamphetamines): 

please refer to the specific stimulant/upper referenced here as stimulants/uppers

 
 

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If you recognize symptoms/behaviors from our drug resource list above, and you are worried about a friend, loved one, or yourself, please feel free to call us to discuss your situation.  We are dedicated to helping those who reach out.