Drug & Alcohol Addiction
Addiction can impact anyone, from any walk of life. Whether it be an addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal substances, it’s important to understand your limits and proper dosage amounts to avoid side effects like poisoning, overdose and death. Long-term drug or alcohol use is detrimental to a person’s overall health and well-being, and it can even put a strain on family and friends. If you or someone you know needs help overcoming addiction, call The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake to learn more about resources and find treatment options.
A stimulant used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, Adderall is widely taken by both children and adults. Some may use Adderall to get high, which can lead to addiction and other dangerous side effects.
Alcohol is a common presence in American culture, making it one of the most widely used substances in the country. Despite its proliferation, many struggle to balance its effects and find themselves battling alcohol addiction.
Ambien is a commonly prescribed sleeping pill. Long-term Ambien use can lead to dependence, and some find that they cannot sleep without taking it after a period of weeks or months.
Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants that speed up functions controlled by the CNS. They are often misused to enhance performance at school or work.
Bath Salts Abuse
Commonly known as Bath Salts, synthetic cathinones are human-made drugs that are chemically related to cathinone, the stimulant found in khat plants.
Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are a class of depressant drugs used to treat anxiety, seizures and other conditions. While they may be effective in treating a variety of issues, they can be addictive when misused.
Once heralded as a miracle pain reliever, cocaine is now most popular as an illicit street drug. It can be administered in different ways for recreational use, many of which put the user at risk of addiction.
Codeine is a prescription opioid used to treat pain. Although many consider it a milder opioid, it still has the potential for misuse and addiction.
Demerol is a Schedule II controlled substance and prescription opioid analgesic. It is primarily used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain.
A naturally occurring hallucinogen, DMT is a powerful substance that is similar to psychoactive mushrooms or LSD. While it’s addictive qualities are debated, like any other drug, it has the potential to be abused.
One of the most addictive and dangerous drugs available, fentanyl should only be used in regulated doses under the care of a licensed physician. Illicit street variants can be extremely habit-forming and deadly.
Gabapentin, brand-name drug Neurontin, is a medication and anticonvulsant that has received national attention for its abuse potential.
Heroin is at the center of an American opioid epidemic, with overdose rates rising in many states. This deadly drug has become prevalent in communities of all types, making heroin addiction an issue that people from all walks of life face.
Hydrocodone is the generic name for a variety of prescription opioids, including Vicodin, Norco and Lortab. An effective painkiller, hydrocodone can be addictive when misused.
K2 or “spice” is a synthetic, psychoactive cannabinoid made with chemicals to create effects similar to marijuana.
An increasingly popular benzodiazepine, Klonopin is a prescription sedative often prescribed for anxiety, panic attacks and seizures. When used as directed, it can be an effective medication. However, it has the potential to become habit-forming when used incorrectly.
This herb has been touted as an alternative to opioids for pain relief and as a safe recreational drug. Like many substances, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of kratom and understand the risks of addiction and abuse.
A combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), Lortab is a prescription opioid used to treat pain. Lortab should only be taken under the supervision of a doctor, as it can be addictive, like other opioids.
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is an illegal drug that causes hallucinations. LSD abuse can lead to ongoing mental health challenges, including flashbacks that recur for many years as well as triggering the onset of schizophrenia in people who are predisposed to the disorder.
A polarizing drug, marijuana is legally available in Colorado, but still restricted in other states. As its availability rises, it’s important to understand the side effects and addictive potential of marijuana.
A powerful stimulant, methamphetamine has been used for a variety of reasons throughout the last century. Today, it is more powerful than ever, leading many to rely on the substance at great detriment to their health, family and life.
An opiate medication used to relieve pain, morphine has long been used to treat patients after surgery and for other ailments. However, morphine is known to be an addictive substance like many other opium-derived drugs.
Opioid & Opiates
The term opiate refers to a substance derived from opium in poppy plants, while its synthetic counterpart is known as an opioid. These substances are available as prescription pain pills, heroin and other related drugs, many of which are highly addictive.
OxyContin is a powerful pain reliever than can be a very effective form of pain relief for many people. However, it also carries a high abuse potential and can be just as dangerous as heroin.
Percocet is a painkiller that is made by combining oxycodone with acetaminophen. When abused, Percocet can cause a user to feel a certain high, similar to that of heroin.
Phenibut abuse and addiction can occur when someone uses this substance, which is marketed and sold as a supplement in the United States.
Prescription Drug Abuse
The more you understand about how prescription drugs work and the potential risks that come with abuse, the better able you will be to identify a drug abuse problem in yourself or a loved one that requires treatment.
Prescription stimulant medications are made to help soothe chemical imbalances inside the brain, used to treat mental health conditions like ADHD. Stimulants are misused to improve performance and concentration at school and work.
Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain and falls under the category of opiate analgesics, prescription drugs that alter the way the nervous system and brain respond to pain.
Valium is a type of benzodiazepine used to treat muscle spasms, seizures and anxiety. This calming drug can have alarming side effects when abused, as dependence and addiction are a possibility.
Vicodin is a brand of opioid pain reliever made from acetaminophen and hydrocodone. While it is only available with a prescription, it has the capacity to be misused and become addictive.
Vyvanse is a prescription stimulant used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While it has therapeutic uses, Vyvanse abuse is possible.
Part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, Xanax is a prescription sedative used to treat conditions like anxiety and panic attacks. Although Xanax is a relatively common medication, it has the potential to be misused.