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The Truth About Addiction

Addiction is still widely misunderstood, but experts now understand that substance abuse and addiction are not moral failings, but health disorders that require proper treatment. 

 

Listed below are some of the most commonly abused substances.

Alcohol

The most commonly abused substance, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant active ingredient in drinks such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Marijuana

The most commonly abused substance, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant active ingredient in drinks such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive medications used to treat a scope of conditions, including anxiety and sleep deprivation. They are one of the most generally endorsed prescriptions in the United States.

Cocaine

Cocaine and crack cocaine are stimulants that make people feel more confident and energetic for short periods of time. They are highly addictive and can cause life-threatening damage to the cardiovascular system.

Fentanyl

Pain-relieving narcotic that is similar to morphine, but much more intense. Due to its potency, it is commonly abused and mixed with heroin to increase the users high. Fentanyl overdose deaths are on the rise in recent years.

Meth

Closely related to amphetamine, “crystal meth,” as it is often known can do irreversible physical and neurological damage. User’s experience a stimulated euphoria, much more intense and longer lasting than other stimulants.

Alcohol

The most commonly abused substance, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant active ingredient in drinks such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Marijuana

The most commonly abused substance, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant active ingredient in drinks such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Heroin

The most commonly abused substance, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant active ingredient in drinks such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits. Alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Benzodiazepines

A common street opioid, heroin can be smoked, snorted, and injected. This highly addictive analgesic drug derived from morphine, often used illicitly as a narcotic producing euphoria. It can take over a person’s life very quickly.

Prescription Opioids

Used to treat pain, prescription opioids are often prescribed for pain or following an injury. The United States is currently suffering from an opioid epidemic as a consequence of the wide availability of these medications.

Cocaine

Cocaine and crack cocaine are stimulants that make people feel more confident and energetic for short periods of time. They are highly addictive and can cause life-threatening damage to the cardiovascular system.

Fentanyl

Pain-relieving narcotic that is similar to morphine, but much more intense. Due to its potency, it is commonly abused and mixed with heroin to increase the users high. Fentanyl overdose deaths are on the rise in recent years.

Meth

Closely related to amphetamine, “crystal meth,” as it is often known can do irreversible physical and neurological damage. User’s experience a stimulated euphoria, much more intense and longer lasting than other stimulants.

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Addiction and Comorbid Mental Health Conditions

Mental illness and addiction are strongly connected. Not only are people with substance use disorders more likely to develop mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, but people with those conditions are also predisposed to developing addictions.

 

A wide variety of formal treatment programs exist to deal with addiction at all levels of severity.

Our programs feature comprehensive, customized therapies that support and treat the whole person, not just the addiction. A healthy outlook and sobriety aren’t our only goals for you. Create Recovery Center is dedicated to helping you reconnect to yourself and creating the fulfilling life you deserve.

Recovering from addiction requires expert, collaborative care that focuses on restoring physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.