Different types of drug addiction require different treatments. Substance abuse of every kind is damaging and painful, but the type of substance you use makes a difference in how you detox, recover, and heal over the long-term. We’ll take this and the severity of your addiction into account in your evaluation when you get to Washburn House in Worcester. And we’ll use that information to build the treatment plan that’s right for your recovery.
Many drugs fall under the category of “opioids.” A few of the most common are:
- Oxycodone (known as “oxy”)
- Hydrocodone (known as “hydro”)
Opioids are extremely addictive, and they’re especially dangerous because of the risk of overdose. Unfortunately, they’re also widely available because many of them are legal medications prescribed for pain.
Warning signs of addiction to opioids include cravings for the drug, symptoms of depression, and needing more and more of the drug to get the same effects.
Addiction to alcohol is incredibly common. This is because alcohol is legal, widely available, and drinking is an accepted social activity. If you continue to drink when others have stopped or feel like you need to drink to relax, you may have a problem with alcohol. It’s easy to build up a tolerance to alcohol over time, meaning you may become addicted to the substance without realizing it. There are severe health consequences of prolonged alcohol abuse, such as liver and brain damage, so it’s important to get treatment right away.
Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are commonly used prescription drugs. They give a powerfully calming effect to the user, so they’re typically prescribed for:
- Anxiety disorders
Benzos are relatively easy to find and have a long withdrawal process, making recovery difficult without professional support. Because of the symptoms of detox, you should never try to quit without medical supervision.
Cocaine is known for its short-lived but intense feelings of heightened mood, increased energy, and increased motivation. These symptoms together are known as “euphoria.” Signs and symptoms of cocaine addiction include:
- Needing more of the drug to get the same high
- Reacting negatively while “crashing,” as effects wear off
- Being willing to do whatever it takes to get more of the drug
Staying off of cocaine while you get sober is difficult, so having trained support from medical professionals at a treatment facility like Washburn House is vital.
Methamphetamine is powerfully addictive. Using it in any form can be deadly because it raises your blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, and respiration—often to a point you can’t handle. It’s also extremely difficult to quit.
If you’re addicted to meth, your loved ones might point out that you’re:
Unlike other opioids, there’s no medical purpose for heroin, and it’s especially dangerous because:
- It’s easy to become addicted to heroin.
- You risk infection from dirty needles if you inject heroin.
- It’s easy to overdose on the drug.
A heroin addiction is difficult to break, and detox can be perilous. That’s why it’s important to seek the help of healthcare professionals and not attempt to recover on your own.
Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but if you prioritize your marijuana use above work, relationships, and sober hobbies, you may be addicted.
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:
- Vivid dreams, including nightmares
- Decreased appetite
- Cravings for the drug
When you come to marijuana addiction, we’ll incorporate your unique needs and goals into your treatment.
You have a co-occurring disorder (or dual diagnosis) if you’re abusing a substance and have a mental illness like:
- An anxiety disorder
- Major depressive disorder (MDD)
- Bipolar disorder
- A personality disorder, like borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Washburn House is co-occurring capable. While we are primarily a substance abuse treatment facility, we do treat some co-occurring disorders if your primary diagnosis is substance-related.
If you are ready to make a powerful, positive change in your life, give Washburn House a call today. We have an array of programs, including residential treatment and outpatient rehab. Our treatment programs are designed for all types of drug and alcohol addictions. One of them is right for you. Our team of Master’s-level clinicians, case managers, and health care providers will help you get back on your feet and learn to live a meaningful life free of substances. For high-quality addiction treatment in a sensitive and welcoming environment, consider Washburn House in Worcester, MA as your treatment center.