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Are you looking for drug or alcohol addiction treatment in Florida? Illicit drugs have created a complex public health crisis in the United States. Overdoses from substances like cocaine, heroin, prescription painkillers, sedatives, and methamphetamine, marijuana, OxyContin, Percocet and alcohol are now the leading cause of death from injury in the United States. Each year close to 44,000 Americans die from overdose, to say nothing of the thousands more who experience non-fatal overdoses and lasting health complications as a result. Overdose deaths now exceed motor vehicle-related fatalities in a large majority of the country (36 states). According to the Drug Policy Alliance, overdoses also exceed deaths attributable to firearms, homicide and HIV/AIDS.
Defining Drug Addiction
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Substance Disorders (DSM V) identifies substance dependence as “a maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. Chemically speaking, drug addiction is the product of increased tolerance to the user’s drug of choice through a prolonged and unaddressed period of use. It changes the user’s neurobiology to the point at which the brain comes reliant on a regular supply of the drug.
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Ranking American Drug Addiction
In the United States there is ready availability of most known legal and illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, methamphetamine, marijuana and others. Though many of these substances originate outside the US, the population of American addicts is enough to keep the supply-lines open the inventory in demand. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the most commonly abused drugs in the United States include:
- Prescription Painkillers
- Stimulants (Methamphetamine, MDMA, etc.)
- Sedatives (Benzodiazepines)
Globally, alcohol and tobacco are considered to be the most commonly abused drugs in the world, even though their regulated use is permitted in the United States.
Physical and Behavioral Signs of Drug Addiction
The exact physical signs of drug dependency vary based upon a variety of factors, including the kind of drug(s) being taken and the duration of use. The behavioral signs of drug addiction tend share a more common ground. If you suspect that someone you love is vulnerable to drug addiction, look for the following:
- Sudden and erratic changes in mood
- Obsessive preoccupation with getting high
- Doing dangerous, reckless or illegal things in order to get and use drugs
- Loss of interest in activities and people they used to embrace
- Marked decline in professional or academic performance
- Social isolation and taking drugs in secret
- Surrounding themselves with people that can get them drugs or who use them
- Financial difficulties due to increased drug use
- Secretive behavior and lying to friends and famil
- Sudden changes in sleep patterns
- Paranoid and defensive behavior
- Neglecting hygiene and personal appearance
Physical (Depending on the Type of Drug)
- Sudden extreme weight loss
- Sudden breakouts and other skin problems
- Sunken eyes
- Eroding or yellowing teeth
- Twitching or shaking
- Inability to sit still
- Track marks from injections
- Runny and irritated nose
- Red eyes
- Slurred speech
- If a loved one has exhibited any combination of these signs, talk to them immediately and let them know that help is available.
Get the Help You or Your Loved One Needs
Without help, addicts run an increased risk of a variety of long-term health complications, from heart disease, organ failure, diseases from dirty or contaminated paraphernalia and STDs from reckless behavior. It’s important to find a Florida drug rehab center before it’s too late.
Addiction also erodes quality of life and destroys careers and relationships, but it doesn’t have to be that way. No matter what your situation, a fresh start is always possible with the right help. The Gardens at Lake Worth located in Florida, is committed to helping our clients overcome their drug addictions through expert, compassionate treatment, innovative, cutting-edge therapies and comprehensive monitoring and aftercare. Our Florida treatment admissions representatives are standing by to help guide you into a Florida treatment program so you can start rebuilding your life. Call us today at 844-357-3422.