Types of Drug Abuse in Washington State

Drug abuse is a common issue across the United States, and Free by the Sea is a rehabilitation center based in the State of Washington that helps people who are battling drug abuse and substance addiction. Our staff can help you recover from several of the commonly abused drugs through a safe and effective treatment program.

Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Vancouver), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.

Any drugs, medications, or other substances that trigger the state of consciousness, euphoria, or both could be abused and result in addiction. These types of drugs are found across a spectrum of compounds and are not limited to only illegal substances.

Legal drug abuse often occurs with prescriptions that individuals obtain from their physicians. Rather than follow the dosage instructed, they take more. Patients often become addicted to medications by accident as well. Benzodiazepines such as Klonopin and Xanax, for instance, can be prescribed to patients who have panic attacks. The patients could be instructed to take them as needed, but they should not take them for longer than a few weeks. When the medications are taken for too long, the body can become tolerant to them, resulting in addiction.

Generally, drugs that are abused are separated into three categories: stimulants, sedatives, and narcotics. The federal government has strict regulations for prescribing each category of medication. The medications are rated based on their potential for generating the tolerance that leads to addiction and their potential for abuse, which specifies the intensity and onset of euphoria.

Free by the Sea can help you get through any type of drug abuse, whether it involves illegal or legal drug use.

Types of Drugs Commonly Abused

The following nine types of drugs are the most commonly abused, and they can affect users in different ways.

1. Heroin

As a destructive opioid, heroin can lead to seizures, psychosis, and hallucinations when it is abused. Heroin injections can also spread diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis. This drug is known to cause serious health issues when it is abused because it interferes with the brain’s receptors. Users can become physically dependent on it very quickly, requiring them to take more and more to achieve the same high, but too much heroin can lead to a fatal overdose. Individuals who take heroin always require professional rehabilitation because the symptoms of withdrawal may be life-threatening.

2. Cocaine

Cocaine is a very dangerous stimulant even when taken in small amounts. It induces euphoria, increases blood pressure, and accelerates the heart rate. The drug may lead to fatal strokes or heart attacks for some users. The abuse of cocaine is also known to cause financial, legal, and physical issues. Due to the severe consequences of using cocaine, users require immediate professional treatment.

3. Crack

A potent form of cocaine, crack is often smoked and suddenly creates an intense euphoric sensation for a short while. Crack has turned into a problem because it is cheap and easy to buy and use. Abusing the substance, however, can lead to immediate addiction. Abusers are also at risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes with every use. Long-term use can cause liver, kidney, and lung damage. Abusers must seek help in rehabilitation facilities because the withdrawal symptoms are dangerous.

4. Hallucinogens

PCP (phencyclidine) and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) are hallucinogens, which means that they make users feel, see, and hear things that are not real. While they experience hallucinations with these drugs, users lose touch with reality and enter mental states of disconnection, as if their bodies and minds are not working together or connected. Some users of PCP and LSD enter violent states of psychosis. Serious injury could occur while hallucinating on these substances, which have caused permanent neurological damage in cases of repeated abuse. Withdrawing from hallucinogens is not easy, and abusers will need professional treatment in a rehab facility.

5. Amphetamines

Accelerating the user’s bodily and mental functions, amphetamines can cause manic periods of distress in abusers. These periods are usually accompanied by extreme paranoia, inexplicable behavior, and delusions. Some amphetamine abusers become very violent and attack loved ones unintentionally and could suffer permanent physical changes in appearance, irreversible brain damage, and nerve damage. Amphetamines are harsh, dangerous drugs, and users need medical attention and safe rehabilitation in professional facilities.

6. Marijuana

Marijuana is the most common illegal drug that is abused, and many people begin using it as a recreational drug in social situations. Continued abuse of marijuana can lead to addiction, and the substance can affect the physical coordination, memory, and mental functions of users over time. Some users have even lost relationships, jobs, and homes because they abused the drug. While it is easy to abuse marijuana, it is not easy to stop using it, so professional treatment is very important to refrain from abuse.

7. Alcohol

Abusing alcohol can cause psychological, physical, and social problems, and it can lead to the destruction of relationships, friendships, and marriages. A lot of alcohol abusers drink so much that their bodies are unable to handle it. Sometimes this requires that they are hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Abusing alcohol over a long period can result in irreparable heart and liver damage and may lead to the drinkers being arrested for driving under the influence, public intoxication or other law-related issues. Furthermore, alcohol abuse can lead to injury or death to the people around them while they are under the influence. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal because of delirium tremens, which is a symptom with the potential to trigger heart failure or stroke. Refraining from drinking also is not easy when it becomes a habit because of mental and physical issues. Professional assistance is often necessary for abusers of alcohol.

8. Inhalants

Inhalants are not technically in the category of narcotics, but people abuse them and can become addicted to them over time. Some of the substances that are considered inhalants include spray paint, butane, and nitrous oxide that they can inhale to achieve a high. Inhalants cause euphoric and numb feelings for a brief while, so repetitive use is common. It is very risky to abuse inhalants because they could lead to permanent brain damage or sudden death. Users must stop inhaling the substances before damage occurs.

9. Prescription Drugs

The second-most commonly abused drugs are prescriptions, including everything from anti-anxiety medications to sedatives and ADHD pills to anti-seizure medications. The abuse of prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycodone during recovery from injuries is also very common. Abuse of prescription medications can be very dangerous if the abusers do not seek treatment.

Why Choose Free by the Sea

  • Dual diagnosis services in the State of Washington
  • Psychologist and psychiatrist on staff
  • Long-term transitory living
  • 30-, 60-, and 90-day programs
  • Men and women in separate buildings
  • Eating, activities, and classes are all gender-specific

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You have so many reasons to go to rehab and stop the cycle of addiction that causes damage to not only the abuser but the lives of those around them. Addiction will eventually take everything from the individuals if it is left untreated. Call Free by the Sea today for more information about how we can help.

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Illegal and legal drugs can both become dangerous if abusers do not get professional assistance. Withdrawing from drugs can be really hard to deal with, and abusers struggle a lot during that period. Also, the chances of remaining sober are low if the treatment is not completed correctly. In the State of Washington, Free by the Sea can deliver rehabilitation services that involve supervised medical attention to get the individuals through the hard withdrawal period. Whether you or a loved one has decided to stop abusing drugs, contact us today for more details about our high-quality treatment programs.