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Heroin Addiction

Heroin/Opiates addiction is widely prevalent in the United States and while heroin addiction can be fatal it can be treated. Heroin is a fast acting opiate derived from the substance morphine found in certain types of poppy plants. Heroin can be found in fairly pure forms however most heroin is mixed with other substances including sugar, powered milk and starch or more dangerous substances including various poisons.

Heroin/Opiates are highly addictive drugs therefore leading to high numbers of heroin addiction among its users. Because heroin is most often injected intravenously, users run the risk of contracting HIV and other diseases transmitted through dirty needles and blood.

Heroin is so addictive mainly because it reaches the brain and creates a euphoric reaction so rapidly. In general, opiates block pain messages; create a false sense of calmness by depressing body functions and increase feelings of pleasure in the body and the brain. Heroin addiction itself may well be the most destructive long-term effect of heroin use next to death. Once the body and mind are addicted to heroin the brain's chemistry is most likely changed permanently. Heroin addiction is characterized by an increase in tolerance, meaning a person must use more of the drug to get the same effect, and a physical dependence on heroin.

Heroin addiction makes it almost impossible for a person to do anything else in life expect look for drugs and get "high". Because heroin has such powerful effects on a person's body, many people addicted to heroin will not try to stop because the symptoms of withdrawal are too painful for them to handle. Some will go through the symptoms of withdrawal to bring their tolerance down and enjoy the "high" again. Withdrawal symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, hot and cold flashes, physical pain, and involuntary body movement. These symptoms may occur within a few hours of the last drug use, but the signs may last up to a week and in some even months.

Heroin addiction can be treatable with the proper environment, care and attention to the suffering addict. Heroin addiction does not take into account how many lives it has ruined or how much debt it has caused. If you or someone you love has a heroin addiction and needs help there is hope. At Expert Interventions we offer our services throughout the US. Call to talk with a caring professional today 1-800-781-3122.


Cocaine Addiction

Everyone knows cocaine is bad for you, so why is cocaine addiction so pervasive? Cocaine produces an intense, short-lived euphoria that can make users feel more energetic. The effects of cocaine are immediate, extremely pleasurable and brief, making cocaine addiction seems a manageable prospect for some. However, cocaine addiction is serious and can be deadly.

In addition to other gratifying effects, such as wakefulness, reduced hunger and feelings of well-being and power, cocaine addiction can also cause negative effects, such as anxiety and restlessness. As the cocaine wears off, these temporary sensations are replaced with intense depression, causing the drug abuser to "crash" and become lethargic, often sleeping for several days. This behavior can, in turn, do irreparable damage to the user's social, work and family life.

Cocaine addiction can be difficult to overcome. Attempts to stop using cocaine often fail simply because the resulting depression can be overwhelming, causing the addict to use more cocaine in an attempt to overcome his depression.

If cocaine addiction might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give us a call today to learn more about our intervention referral options At Expert Interventions we offer our services throughout the US. Call to talk with a caring professional today 1-800-781-3122.


Crystal Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine, known commonly as "speed" or "crystal meth," is an addictive stimulant that over stimulates certain systems in the brain. Closely related to amphetamine in chemical make-up, crystal meth affects the central nervous system much stronger, making it a popular street drug. While use of crystal meth plummeted in the 1970s, it has reappeared in recent years and is once more a serious problem.

Crystal meth is highly addictive and has a high potential for abuse and psychological dependence. The fast, powerful high tapers off quickly; leaving the user with a strong desire to do more crystal meth and making this illegal street drug a lucrative business for those who manufacture it. Crystal meth can be smoked, snorted or injected.

One of the most potentially dangerous drugs, crystal meth seriously affects the brain, releasing high levels of dopamine, which stimulates brain cells, enhancing mood and body movement. Over time, crystal meth reduces the levels of dopamine the brain produces, which can result in symptoms like those of Parkinson's disease, a severe movement disorder. Then, when the user stops taking the drug, the brain is unable to function normally.

Crystal meth can have devastating effects on human physiology and psychology. Even small amounts have an enormous impact on the central nervous system, including increased wakefulness and physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, hyperthermia, euphoria, irritability, insomnia, confusion, tremors, convulsions, anxiety, paranoia and aggressiveness.

Crystal meth also causes increased heart rate and blood pressure and can do irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain, which produces strokes. Other effects include respiratory problems, irregular heartbeat and extreme weight loss and can result in cardiovascular collapse and death. At Expert Interventions we offer our services throughout the US. Call to talk with a caring professional today 1-800-781-3122.


Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a deadly disease that millions of Americans suffer from and without help alcohol addiction ruins dreams, families and lives. For people without problems with alcohol, drinking is an enjoyable social activity that does not conflict with any other areas of their lives. For problem drinkers, or people with alcohol addiction, drinking has become more important than everything else and lives without alcohol have become impossible.

Some experts believe alcohol addiction runs in a person's family although people who do not come from alcoholic families can also suffer from this addiction. Alcohol addiction is considered a progressive disease, which over time, always gets more severe. Although some people with alcohol addiction claim they can drink without consequences, most people who desire lives without alcohol seek outside help.

Support groups and rehabilitation centers are all viable options for the person with alcohol addiction. With the support and understanding of other people, people with alcohol addiction are able to combat their problems in a constructive manner.

If alcohol addiction might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give us a call today to learn more about our intervention referral options At Expert Interventions we offer our services throughout the US. Call to talk with a caring professional today 1-800-781-3122.


Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction is a widespread dilemma, and in the United States over 83 million Americans have had exposure to the drug; many people, however, do not even realize that this marijuana addiction exists. It is a commonly accepted notion that marijuana use is a minor issue, and that marijuana is not "really" an illicit drug therefore it cannot lead to marijuana addiction. This, however, is not true; marijuana addiction is very real, affecting over 2 million individuals a year to the point that they meet the diagnostic criteria for dependence on marijuana. The criteria for marijuana addiction is simply that the drug is used compulsively regardless of the fact that it interferes with basic life activities and causes problems in relationships. In 2000, over 200,000 people entering a drug abuse recovery center said that marijuana was the primary drug that they abused.

Marijuana addiction is serious because of how it affects the brain. Scientists now know many facts about marijuana's effect on the body and how delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major active chemical in Marijuana, acts in the human brain. When marijuana is smoked, THC moves quickly through the body and into the brain where it connects to specific receptors on nerve cells. Areas of the brain with the most receptors affected by THC are parts of the brain that control pleasure, thought, memory, sensory, concentration, time perception, and coordination. It's these areas of the brain that are most likely to be affected when an individual faces marijuana addiction.

Marijuana use is frequent with pre-teens, teens, and young adults. Over the past decade, drug use has increased in these age groups, and although recently marijuana use has leveled off, it was found that 20 percent of 8th graders, 40 percent of 10th graders, and over 50 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana. Significantly, another study showed that a group of 8th graders who were abusing alcohol and marijuana tested only slightly behind their substance-free peers, but by 12th grade those same teens that were still using fell dramatically behind the average scores of their fellow peers.

Marijuana addiction and abuse is also a problem with many adults, causing extremely serious complications in life functions. A recent study found that of all arrestees, 39 percent of male inmates and 26 percent of female inmates tested positively for marijuana use. Also, since marijuana is often mixed with other illicit drugs, such as cocaine, PCP, and codeine, without the individual's knowledge they begin abusing a combination of drugs. Therefore, the risks of marijuana do not stand alone; rather they are increased by the potential of using added drugs in combination.

Marijuana addiction can be successfully treated if addressed with the proper treatment. Unfortunately, discontinuing the use of marijuana is rarely easy. Many times a person who is addicted to marijuana will suffer withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, anxiety, aggression, and difficulty If Marijuana addiction is a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give us a call today to learn more about our intervention referral options At Expert Interventions we offer our services throughout the US. Call to talk with a caring professional today 1-800-781-3122.


Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drugs are often described has Americas secret addiction because prescription drugs are often abused by individuals who take them for non-medical purposes. Prescription drugs posed a tremendous risk for addiction because they are powerful, can be easy to obtain and are legal. Many people take prescription drugs as they are prescribed and this site does not stand in judgment of the medical community and its practices. At the same time, research shows that over 45% of doctors have a hard time talking to their patients about the dangers of prescription drugs and the potential for addiction. This fact allows many people to juggle multiple doctors for duplication of the same prescription that maintains dependency and furthers the disease of addiction to prescription drugs.

Just like any addiction to heroin or cocaine, abuse of prescription drugs can cause physical and mental problems that must be addressed or will continue to get worse. What may have started out as a legitimate prescription to treat a physical or mental ailment can become its own problem that can far outweigh the original. Over 9 million people abused prescription drugs in 1999 according to the National Institute on Drug abuse so do not feel like you are alone if you have a problem. Prescription drugs are as powerful and often more so than street drugs. Prescription drugs fall into the same categories as street drugs based on their effects on the mind and body.

Opioids are narcotics and prescribed under the names of codeine, morphine or hydrocodone which is used by many brand name prescriptions. Opioids, like the street drug heroin, block pain receptors and are often prescribed for pain. Many people get hooked on these drugs because they are very addicting and the body adapts quickly to the medication and requires more to get the same pain blocking effect. As more pain pills are taken, exceeding the recommended dosages sometimes many times over, more are needed and it is not unusual for individuals who are addicted to prescription drugs for pain to take dozens of pills a day to feel normal. This kind of dependency required a lot of time and resources and usually illegal activities of faking prescriptions and/or symptoms to obtain the pills.

Central nervous system depressants are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Brand names such as Valium, Halcion, Librium, Xanax and ProSom have been widely distributed to slow down brain activity. Like other drugs however the brain adapts and when a person tries to get off of the drug, anxiety and sleeplessness can feel like it is worse than ever and this often reinforces dependence.

The consequences of stimulant abuse such as Ritalin or Dexedrine was accurately portrayed in the movie "Requiem for a Dream." Much like their street counterpart's cocaine and methamphetamines, prescription stimulants can be very psychologically addicting and are also subject to dependence and loss of control. At Expert Interventions we offer our services throughout the US. Call to talk with a caring professional today 1-800-781-3122.


OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin addiction is a relatively new, but very serious, concern. Like Vicodin addiction or other forms of prescription drug addiction, OxyContin addiction occurs when patients take high doses of this prescription drug for an extended period of time. Although these prescription drugs are intended for medicinal use only, OxyContin addiction, like Vicodin addiction, is an unfortunate occurrence.

One of several opiates available by prescription, OxyContin is a powerful painkiller available in time-release tablets whose effects last for twelve hours. When used as prescribed, OxyContin manages pain for cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers. However, OxyContin addiction has created an entirely new set of problems.

First introduced to the public in 1996, OxyContin is a white, odorless, crystalline powder derived from the opium alkaloid. A very strong narcotic, OxyContin is similar in effect to morphine. OxyContin addiction under a qualified physician's care is rare. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, however, many physicians limit prescribing OxyContin because they believe patients may become addicted to the drug.

Because OxyContin is a time-released drug, taking one or more pills should not produce an effect attractive to drug addicts. When taken correctly, OxyContin does not produce euphoria. When the drug is released all at once, however, broken, crushed or chewed (as is the case with those experiencing OxyContin addiction), OxyContin produces a pleasant, euphoric feeling. OxyContin addiction can also cause overdose and death.

People with OxyContin addiction acquire the drugs in a variety of ways, including forging fraudulent prescriptions, visiting several different doctors for prescriptions or buying the drugs illegally on the street. Because most health insurance companies will cover the costs of OxyContin, abusers can purchase the drugs at pharmacy prices, and then sell the OxyContin for wildly inflated street prices.

Unfortunately, many of those suffering from OxyContin addiction have health insurance that will no longer pay for prescriptions. Because these addicts cannot afford the high street-level prices, they often switch to heroin; OxyContin and heroin have similar effects, so both drugs are attractive to the same abuser population. In fact, OxyContin is sometimes referred to as "poor man's heroin."

Like other substance abuse problems, OxyContin addiction cannot be treated effectively at home, but requires close supervision by a trained medical professional. Because OxyContin addiction affects the brain's chemical make-up, drug abusers who attempt to detox at home will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. In a medical environment, these symptoms can be eased and the addict undergoing detox made more comfortable.

Treatment Referral provides referrals to rehabs that effectively treat OxyContin addiction and other forms of substance abuse, addressing the behavior and thinking patterns that directly contribute to the individual's disease and ensuring patients have a meaningful recovery. At Expert Interventions we offer our services throughout the US. Call to talk with a caring professional today 1-800-781-3122.