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Addictive Drug Classifications and Effective Addiction Treatment Programs

There are several ways to classify addictive drugs. Each classification correlates to the effects of the drugs. Sedatives are drugs that depress the central nervous system and have analgesic and anesthetic properties. Among the substances that depress the central nervous system, in addition to opiates and alcohol, also includes benzodiazepines. Stimulants excite the central nervous system, increasing the release of dopamine, serotonin or noradrenaline (involved in sleep regulation, pain, motor skills, aggression, etc.). Some stimulants, like antidepressants and inhalants, are known to affect mood, and sometimes produce hallucinogenic effects when taken in high doses.

Extreme physical discomfort caused by surgery, broken limbs, intense pain, or insomnia are all reasons that a physician will prescribe pain killers. Most people who are prescribed pain killers are good people, who ran into a problem, and needed help to get through their time of pain. The difference between someone who becomes addicted and someone who does not, is usually determined by a traumatic situation, and is influenced by the presence of significant pressure or toxic substances (drugs or alcohol) to which they are predisposed. The anesthetic effect of these drugs on pain or emotional numbness, in combination with alcohol or other drugs can seem like an acceptable solution to discomfort since they feel relieved of the negative feelings and pain. These feelings of relief cause the person to inadvertently assign a high value to the pain killers because they helped so much. Although the relief is only temporary, the toxic substance becomes the “solution” to the problem. If you are suffering from prescription pain killers addiction, we are here to help.

After a patient has completed a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program or detoxification treatment, there are three main reasons why recovering addicts (alcohol, drugs or medication) may relapse in their use. The first reason is the obsessive desire, whether physical or mental, to use the drug again. The second reason is usually deep-seeded depression, and unresolved issues create a significant stress. Third is the guilt associated with the moral degradation and dishonesty that can become part of the lifestyle of those using toxic substances. These events can haunt a person for years and very often trigger a relapse, if ignored. These unresolved symptoms, whether physical or mental, create a deep and continuous stress that can not be ignored by those who have been dependent on toxic substances. It only takes one hit or one pill to start the addiction all over again. If you or someone you know is considering relapse, or has relapsed already, our addiction treatment program can help you.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-877-711-HOPE(4673).

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