Drugs and alcohol have many different forms and varieties. Much is the same with regard to addiction, alcoholism and even the types of rehabs or treatment center services available. The first thing to realize is that there is really no major distinction between the behaviors associated in drug addicts, alcoholics, gambling addicts and so. The common term is “addict behavior” and it refers to the all too common behaviors seen across the board in these individuals, behaviors such as; lying, manipulation, self-centeredness and so on. It also exists within those struggling with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia, but those suffering from eating disorders do in fact have some additional unique components to deal with above & beyond those with addiction or alcoholism.
Most drug rehabs or treatment centers provide a broad array of recovery services. Whether your addiction is to cocaine, heroin, methemphetamine (speed, crystal, meth), marijuana, pain killers and so on, virtually any treatment facility which focuses on rehabilitation from addiction or alcoholism will be able to help you. The same applies to alcohol as well; it doesn’t matter whether the client is abusing beer, whiskey, vodka, etc, it’s all the same. Below is a general category breakdown of drug types and popular brand names along with brief descriptions.
- OPIATES & OPIOIDS – (Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Percodan, Vicodin, Norco, Oxycontin, etc) Aside from heroine, these all fall into the “Narcotic Pain Killer” category. The Opiate/Opioid category of drugs are highly addictive, both, physically and mentally. Most overdoses and fatalaties caused by drug overdose are attributed to this category of drugs
- BENZODIAZEPINES – (Xanax, Valium, Diazepam, Librium). This category, often termed “Benzos” is a class of sedatives which are highly addictive and can be fatal if not detoxed from under the care of a qualified physician. The two most widely abused street drugs within the Benzo category are Valium and Xanax. These are often prescribed for insomnia, generalized anxiety, panic disorders, etc.
- METHAMPHETAMINE – (Commonly termed; Meth, Speed, Crystal, Crank, etc). The symptoms for methamphetamine use are very similar to amphetamines, but may be more severe. This class of drugs can be smoked, snorted or injected. Many clinical symptoms will occur, such as; tooth decay, jaw clenching, extreme thirst, hyperactivity, dilated pupils, panic attacks, talkativeness, skin sores and so on.
- COCAINE/CRACK – These are very strong stimulants with can be smoked, snorted or injected. While cocaine is a very fine white powder with an oily feel when rubbed between the fingers, crack is not. Crack-cocaine is the hard “rock” form of the original white powder which is prepared either through cooking in water and baking soda, or by mixing the powder with either pure ammonia or ether. Crack is substantially more addictive than the original powder cocaine and will create an insurmountable need within the addict mind to do whatever is needed in order to get more.
- MARIJUANA/THC – (Commonly termed; Weed, Kush, 420, Bong Hits, Spark, J, Hootch, etc ). Second only to alcohol, Marijuana in its many forms is the most widely used drug worldwide. Along with alcohol, it is classified as a Depressant and can be smoked or ingested in the form of food or beverages. Even more so now, with the birth of such widespread medical marijuana storefronts, it can be purchased in many smokeable varieties as well as in edibles such as; lollypops, brownies, breads, cakes, muffins, juices, beverages and more. Since marijuana is fat soluble it remains in the system much longer than many other drugs and can be detected in drug screen tests for upwwards of 20 to 45 days.
There are many other types of drugs out there which are prone to abuse. A.T.R.I. presents this information as simply a quick reference point from a lay perspective for those seeking practical data on some of the most commonly abused drugs. If you or your loved one requires more in depth information on a specific drug or type of drug, our best recommendation is for you to visit a major search engine such as google or yahoo and type in the name of the substance followed by the word “information.”
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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many. The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels. We speak from many years of personal and professional experience. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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