Substance abuse in America is becoming an epidemic. The amount of drugs that are being consumed in this country are overwhelming. More and more people today are turning to substance abuse for a variety of reasons and this often leads to lost jobs, divorces, financial ruin and often, accidental death or suicide.
Young teens today are abusing drugs earlier than ever thought possible. They are confronted with drugs in schools, at parties, at home, and in almost any type of social activity. Considering the increase in addictions today, our government will have to spend more money to find more ways to stop this ever growing problem.
When people turn to substance abuse to numb their daily pains and problems, they do not understand what they are doing to their bodies. Drugs begin by making you feel better; but after long-term use or abuse, the good feelings are replaced by cravings, aches and pains, serious health complications and even death.
During drug abuse, euphoria overwhelms the user, and the desire to experience this feeling again is what causes addiction. The euphoria is brought on by the high dopamine levels that are created in the brain; and at the same time, the substance that is being abused destroys the dopamine nerve receptacles. The user has to use more each time to reach the same feeling of euphoria.
As with alcohol abuse, when people attempt withdrawal of drugs, it creates symptoms such as irregular heartbeats, anxiety, tremors, seizures, and in some cases, hallucinations when the substance is withheld. Other drugs that produce similar symptoms are codeine, hydrocodone, percocet, morphine, oxycontin, oxycodone, vicodin, cocaine and many others.
The need for substance abuse treatment centers is steadily rising. If you or someone you know is in need of help for substance abuse, call today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.