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Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehab
What is Drug Addiction?
In years past drug addiction was viewed as a sign of weakness or moral failing. Today, we realize that drug addiction is a devastating, chronic brain disease. Every year, millions of Americans try drugs like prescription pain killers, alcohol, cocaine, or heroin for the first time, and a large percentage of these people are unable to stop without help. If you’re concerned about your own drug use, or you’re worried that a loved one may be addicted to drugs, our FAQ section below can provide some answers to common question patients and their loved ones have for our specialist. Find out how our Drug Addiction Treatment Drug Rehab can make a difference!
What is the difference between use, abuse, and drug addiction?
Like many other diseases that alter the mind and body, drug addiction is progressive. Not everyone who experiments with drugs will become an addict, but addiction usually starts with recreational use. In the beginning you often save drug use for special events or celebrations. Usually the user has control over how much of the substance he or she takes and how often. Even though drug use may be uncomfortable or frightening such as confusion, memory loss or a rapid heart rate the pleasures the drugs bring the user outweighs the negative side effects. Previously the person may have been able to stop but things seem to have changed, they now need help, drug addiction treatment or drug rehab.
Abuse of popular drugs like hydrocodone or Oxycontin begins when the user develops a tolerance for the substance or need to take a higher dosage in order to achieve the euphoria state they felt in the beginning. According to the Merck Manual, users at this stage are vulnerable to physical and psychological dependence. At this stage if user goes without taking the drug for a certain period of time or reduces the dose they might experience uncomfortable symptoms like nausea, anxiety, headaches, paranoia, muscle pain and cravings. Even though the user at this stage still has some control over their habit they actively seek and use the substance to the point of abuse. This is where drug abuse starts affecting the users life they start having physical illness, relationship conflicts, or problems at work; however, the consequences are not severe enough to motivate them to stop.
Abuse then evolves into drug addiction when the user no longer has control over the use of the substance. At this point any attempt to quit results in withdrawal symptoms and overpowering cravings. Find out more about the symptoms of drug addiction at the Mayo Clinic website.
When the person is addicted in spite of health problems, job loss, personal issues or legal complications, the addict continues to consume drugs and actively uses their time and energy to seek out the drugs. At this stage without medical detox and a drug addiction treatment or drug rehab program, the addict will continue to relapse.
How common are drug addictions?
According to the results of a survey published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, approximately 2.6 percent of America adults meet the criteria for drug dependence and drug addiction. The World Health Organization estimates 3 percent of adults around the world suffer from a drug use disorder. In the state of Oklahoma deaths related to drug abuse continue to rise. In 2007 deaths related to drug abuse where 565 in 2016 there where 952 deaths related to drug abuse. Using deaths in Oklahoma from drug abuse year over year one can asses that drug use among Oklahomans are on the rise.
What are the signs and symptoms of drug addiction?
Addiction consumes all aspects of your life as it demands the individual’s time, energy, and resources. The primary signs of drug addiction is and obsession with seeking and using drugs. Physical signs include:
- Noticeable elation/euphoria
- Marked sedation/drowsiness
- Constricted pupils
- Slowed breathing
- Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness
Other signs of opiate abuse include
- Doctor shopping (getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors)
- Shifting or dramatically changing moodes
- Extra pill bottles turning up in the trash
- Social withdrawal/isolation
- Sudden financial problems
If you see the signs and symptoms of drug addiction in yourself or in someone you care about, don’t wait to call us to seek help.
Drug Addiction Statistics in Oklahoma
Oklahoma has been facing a drug addiction problem with no end in sight. For the first time in years, methamphetamine was the culprit for the majority of drug overdoses among Oklahomans in 2016. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control analysis shows 952 people died from overdoses in 2016. Out of the 952 Oklahomans that died Meth was involved in 328 of the deaths. Opioids as a group were involved in more fatal overdoses than meth last year.