Drug addiction is a term that covers a large variety of different substances. Some are legal while others are not and some give a boost of energy while others produce hallucinations. However, abuse of or addiction to any substance can be dangerous. At the Freedom Center, our team is highly experienced in treating a wide array of substance use disorders. We also offer therapies and treatments to support the recovery journey for each and every client.
Explore the substances listed below, what they are, how they are addictive, and how each drug addiction is treated.
Alcohol is one of the most accessible addictive substances in the United States. Types of alcohol include:
Pharmaceutical opioids are commonly used in the medical field to treat cases of severe pain. Other forms of opioids may be illicitly-made and sold on the streets. One thing that pharmaceutical and illicit opioids have in common is that they both can be extremely addictive. Common opioids include:
More commonly known as benzos, benzodiazepines are addictive medications that create a sedative effect when consumed. They are most commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. These medications include:
Also classified as stimulants, amphetamines are drugs that increase energy and concentration. Varying from medication prescribed to millions of children across the country to one of the most potent and addictive drugs around, amphetamines include:
- Crystal Meth
Similar to benzodiazepines, barbiturates have a sedative effect but have a completely different chemical make-up. Although they were previously used to treat psychiatric and sleep disorders, today these addictive substances are more common use to treat epilepsy:
Prevalence of Drug and Alcohol Addiction in America
Approximately 20.1 million Americans over the age of 12 struggle with an addiction in 2016. Anyone can be affected, and this issue can hit fairly close to home.
64,000 deaths from drug overdoses.
As drug and alcohol addiction rates rise, so do overdose rates. Substance abuse can overwhelm your body and mind, leading to serious consequences, like coma or death.
2,089 overdose deaths were reported in Maryland.
The number of drug and alcohol-related overdose deaths in Maryland reached an all-time high in 2016. This was a 66% increase from 2015, which only saw 1,259 overdose deaths.
Montgomery County reported 102 overdose deaths.
Overdose death rates in Montgomery have also seen a 32% increase. Heroin was found in 48 cases.
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