Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

What is Drug Addiction?

While drug use may start as a seemingly harmless and voluntary act, in time it can develop into a compulsive and unstoppable habit. In the beginning, drug use minimizes emotional and physical pain. As prolonged drug use continues, it can develop into drug addiction or substance use disorder, severely impacting an individual’s brain chemistry. When the brain begins to signal an intense physical need to continue the use of drugs, what once was recreational use becomes an urge that controls one’s life.

What are the effects of drug addiction?

If left untreated for long, drug addiction and substance use disorders can result in diminished health, job loss, and the estrangement of loved ones. While drugs may offer short-term relief, extended drug use only aggravates an individual’s problems, since the root causes of the pain are never addressed.

Drug addiction can lead to a number of mental and physical disorders. If addiction is left untreated, unrestrained drug use will persist despite its overwhelming and often demoralizing consequences on individuals and their families.

When addicts recognize their unhealthy, unhappy condition — and see the impact their drug use has had on others — many seek help.

Drug Addiction Treatment

At The Meadows, we understand the seriousness of drug addiction. Our drug addiction treatment options range from detoxification to an intensive, inpatient psychotherapeutic program that addresses the symptoms and causes of addiction.

The idea of overcoming drug addiction may seem overwhelming, but recovery is possible at The Meadows. Our expert staff is trained to help people overcome their drug addiction in a safe and nurturing environment.


What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is defined as the obsessive and unmanageable use of alcohol, regardless of its negative impact on a drinker’s fitness, profession, and relationships. Individuals suffering from alcohol addiction will frequently drink to excess, leaving their bodies dependent on the substance and their lives in pieces.

Alcoholics will experience symptoms of alcohol withdrawal that include: headaches, high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, and trouble focusing. Often, alcoholics continue their addiction in order to maintain a state of false normality, avoid the effects of withdrawal, or escape from pain in their lives.

What are the effects of alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction can cause individuals to drink to the point of experiencing complete memory loss of hours or days and can increase the likelihood of high-risk behaviors like drinking and driving. Long-term alcohol addiction can destroy emotions, relationships, and lives.

Alcohol abuse is considered the second-leading cause of dementia, connected with 10 percent of diagnosed cases. Extreme alcohol use can cause harm to brain functioning, that if not treated, can be permanent. A variety of mental health problems can also be caused by long-term alcohol use. Most individuals addicted to alcohol suffer from some form of severe psychiatric trauma marked by increased anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, alcohol-induced psychosis, panic disorders, and other symptoms.

The Meadows Can Help

Alcoholism causes physical and intellectual trauma that influences every aspect of life. At The Meadows, we treat all phases of alcohol addiction. From detoxification to our primary treatment program, we build foundations for long-term abstinence and sobriety. We focus on making changes in the way one lives, faces problems, and relates to others.

Recovery from alcohol addiction may not seem possible, but it is. Once a person admits to having a problem, he or she has started down the path of recovery. Many patients trust The Meadows’ Alcohol Treatment Program to help them begin their journey toward sobriety.


What is Prescription Medicine Abuse?

Prescription medicine abuse is one of the least recognized types of chemical dependency. Prescription medicines, most commonly used to treat pain, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety/ sleep disorders, are being abused at an alarming rate. Just like drug addiction, prescription drug abuse medicine can be treated effectively.

The Effects of Prescription Abuse

The consequences of prescription medicine abuse have been steadily worsening, and according to statistics prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdoses.

Symptoms of prescription medicine abuse include:

  • Frequent requests for refills from physicians
  • Crushing or breaking pills
  • Stealing prescription medications from family members, friends or co-workers
  • Faster consumption of prescriptions than indicated
  • Visiting multiple doctors for similar conditions
  • Mood swings corresponding to absence or availability of the drugs
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Increased irritability
  • More frequent alcohol consumption

Abuse symptoms vary based on the class of drug.

Sedative abuse symptoms include:

  • Drowsy, intoxicated appearance
  • Confusion
  • Unsteady movements
  • Rapid, involuntary eye movement
  • Poor judgment and decision-making
  • Poor memory

Stimulant abuse symptoms include:

  • Extreme agitation
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure
  • Increased hostility
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss

Opiate abuse symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Rapid decrease in blood pressure
  • Disorientation
  • Constipation or other digestive irregularities
  • Shortness of breath

Break The Cycle of Addiction

The Meadows understands the seriousness of prescription medicine addiction. Our treatment options range from detoxification to an intensive, inpatient psychotherapeutic program that addresses the symptoms and underlying causes of addiction.

Our expert staff is trained to help people overcome their addiction in a safe and nurturing environment.

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