We treat addiction and primary mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, mood disorders, love addiction and intimacy disorders, whether these occur with or without substance abuse. We also treat eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. Some of the substance abuse issues we treat include alcoholism and addiction to prescription and illegal drugs, among them, stimulants, depressants, opiates, hallucinogens and cannabinoids. Speak Confidentially with a Promises Scottsdale Recovery Advisor at 888-478-0036.
Types of Substance Abuse and Issues We Treat
Alcohol and Other Depressants
Examples: Alcohol, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines
Depressants have a slowing effect on the central nervous system that can be dangerous. They can cause lowered blood pressure, slowed respiratory function, mental confusion and disorientation. Long-term abuse of barbiturates or benzodiazepines can cause emotional instability, impaired thinking, memory loss and anxiety. Chronic alcohol abuse can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke and liver damage. Alcohol abuse also increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver and breast. Addiction to alcohol and other depressants can occur quickly, and the withdrawal process usually requires close medical management. Learn more about alcohol rehab,
Examples: Cocaine, Ritalin, Crystal Meth
The stimulant class of drugs ranges from caffeine, Adderall and Ritalin to crystal meth, but in all cases, the result is to stimulate, or speed up, the central nervous system. The result will be — in varying degrees, depending on the drug — increased heart rate, increased speed of talking, heightened focus and concentration, and suppressed desire for food or sleep. Cocaine and crystal meth users may also experience euphoria. Stimulant abuse can lead to paranoia, psychosis, depression and cardiovascular problems. Learn more about cocaine addiction and meth addiction. Speak Confidentially with a Promises Scottsdale Recovery Advisor at 888-478-0036.
Examples: Heroin, Prescription Painkillers (Oxycodone), Morphine, Demerol
Heroin and other opiates bind to opioid receptors in the brain that are associated with pleasure and pain. The user may experience euphoria and a decrease in pain, followed by drowsiness. Opiates are often prescribed for pain management but are also sought on the black market. Tolerance to these drugs can develop rapidly, as can addiction. In addition to a high potential for overdose (often fatal), side effects can include impaired respiration, clogging of veins to vital organs, and collapsed veins (for heroin injectors). Learn more about heroin addiction and oxycontin addiction.
Examples: Hallucinogenic Mushrooms, LSD, Mescaline
Hallucinogens are a family of natural and synthetic drugs often taken for their psychedelic, consciousness-enhancing effects. When on hallucinogens, the user experiences altered and heightened senses and consciousness, erratic emotions and moods, and may also see visions or objects that are not actually there. Hallucinogenic “trips” are highly unpredictable with unintended physical and psychological side effects such as elevated heart rate, frightening illusions, psychosis and death. Learn more about signs of drug addiction.
Examples: Marijuana, Hashish, Synthetic Marijuana
The psychoactive element in this class of drugs is THC. THC acts on the brain, producing a high that typically results in a highly relaxed state or euphoria, accompanied by increased heart rate and impaired motor control and cognition. Marijuana carries a risk for abuse and over time can result in short-term memory loss, respiratory issues, depression and anxiety. Users of synthetic marijuana, also called “Spice” or “K2,” have also shown symptoms of psychosis. Learn more about marijuana addiction.
Examples: Paint Thinner, Aerosols, Glue
This class of volatile chemicals is characterized by its mode of transmission — inhalation or “huffing” — and the manner in which the chemicals deprive the brain of oxygen. These substances can be especially attractive to minors as there are few laws governing their purchase and use. The high is typically short-lived, which will cause the user to huff repeatedly to maintain the intoxication. These substances depress the central nervous system and commonly cause dizziness, light-headedness and poor motor control. Long-term inhalant use can result in liver and kidney damage, hearing loss and irreversible damage to bone marrow, the central nervous system, and the brain. Speak Confidentially with a Promises Scottsdale Recovery Advisor at 888-478-0036.
Examples: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge-Eating Disorder
Eating disorders can take on a number of forms in an effort to control body weight or to fill an uncontrollable urge to eat large amounts of food as in binge-eating disorder. Eating disorder behaviors may involve binging (with or without compensatory behaviors), purging through vomiting or laxative use, greatly restricting food consumption and over exercising. Disordered eating can have long-term negative health consequences and depending on the severity of the illness, can even result in death. The National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) reports that around 30 million people suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. and eating disorders have the highest morality rate of any mental illness. Learn more about eating disorders.
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