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Drugs of Abuse and Rehabilitation in Greenwich, CT (203) 242-8261

Drugs of abuse are those that are the most addictive and which alter thinking and mood, impair judgment, and produce strong cravings. Most drugs of abuse are classified as Schedule I and Schedule II by the U.S. government.

Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous and have the highest potential for abuse, and may lead to a severe physical and psychological addiction. Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.

Schedule II drugs are a little less dangerous than Schedule I drugs, and they have less abuse potential. However, they are nonetheless dangerous and addictive substances. Schedule II drugs include most prescription stimulants, sedatives, and opiates, as well as street drugs like cocaine and meth.

In addition to the Federal schedule, there are a number of ways to categorize drugs of abuse, such as by how they’re taken (inhaled, snorted, injected, smoked, or swallowed) or the by type of effect they produce based on how they affect brain function (hallucinogens, tranquilizers, opiate painkillers, sedatives, stimulants.)

If you are ready to step away from drugs of abuse and begin rehabilitation treatment, call Drug Treatment Centers Greenwich at (203) 242-8261.

The Most Commonly Abused Drugs

The most common drugs of abuse are alcohol and illegal and prescription opiates, sedatives, and stimulants.

Alcohol is a depressant that slows the function of the body’s nervous system. Alcohol abuse and addition affect 17.6 million Americans each year. Over time, this substance changes the structure of the brain and the amount of the chemicals it produces, making withdrawal very painful and potentially dangerous or even fatal.

Signs of abuse include:

  • Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or home due to alcohol use.
  • Engaging in dangerous or risky behaviors while under the influence.
  • Getting into legal trouble, such as being arrested for driving under the influence or disorderly conduct. 
  • Experiencing increasingly troubled relationships with family, friends, or co-workers due to drinking.

Opiate Abuse

Opiates work by binding to pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord and blocking the transmission of the sensation of pain. Heroin is an example of an illegal opiate, while OxyContin and Vicodin are examples of commonly abused prescription opiate painkillers. 

Signs of opiate abuse include:

  • Poor coordination or slow movements.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Excessive sleeping or cycles of alertness followed by nodding off. 
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Changes in mood or behavior.
  • Engaging in risky behaviors.
  • Sexual dysfunction.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription stimulants are used to treat conditions like narcolepsy and ADD by increasing the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine the brain produces, which results in sharpened attention, increased alertness, and a higher level of energy. Illegal stimulants include cocaine and crystal meth.

Signs of stimulant abuse include:

  • Mood changes like anxiety, restlessness, euphoria, and panic.
  • Extreme talkativeness or erratic and bizarre behaviors.
  • Decrease in sleep.
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Paranoia, psychosis, or the onset of violent or aggressive behaviors. 

Sedative Drug Abuse

Sedatives treat conditions like anxiety and panic disorders, insomnia, and seizures. They increase the amount of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which slows down nerve transmission in the body. Commonly abused sedatives include benzodiazepines like Klonopin and Valium, barbiturates such as Nembutal and Seconal, and non-benzodiazepine sleeping aids like Ambien and Lunesta.

Signs of sedative abuse include:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Slow or unsteady movements.
  • Poor judgment.
  • Involuntary rapid movements of the eyes.
  • An increase in sleep.

Treatment for Drug Abuse

At Drug Treatment Centers Greenwich, we offer inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs to help users recover from abuse or addiction.

  • The first step of treatment is detox, during which traces of the drug are removed from the body.
  • The second step is treatment, during which medications, various therapies, and counseling are used to address a range of physical and psychological aspects of abuse and addiction.
  • The third step is relapse prevention, which involves an aftercare program that draws on continued therapy and counseling, self-help groups, peer support, case management support, and other programs to help recovering addicts remain sober.

If you’s like to learn more about the rehabilitation services offered at Drug Treatment Centers Greenwich, call us now at (203) 242-8261. Our expereincesd and certified addiction specialists can help answer any questions you may have and help you find the program that best suits your needs or those of a loved one.

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