Substance abuse is the act of using a psychoactive substance like alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs in a dangerous or harmful way. While abusing a substance isn’t the same thing as being addicted to one, substance abuse rehab can help prevent addiction, which is characterized by changes in the brain’s function and structure and the inability to stop using even though it’s causing financial, legal, or relationship problems.
Getting help with a drug or alcohol problem through a substance abuse rehab program is essential for understanding the complex issues behind the abuse and learning ways to cope with – or even enjoy – life without drugs.
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Alcohol has the highest rate of abuse of any drug in the United States. In the East Central region of Florida, 17.8 percent of Volusia County residents reporting binge drinking in the past 30 days.
Prescription drugs are also highly abused in the United States. Although Americans account for just five percent of the world’s population, we consume 75 percent of its prescription drugs.
Prescription drug abuse among young adults in Volusia County is also a concern, particularly for opiates and stimulants. The three most common prescription drug categories of abuse are:
Illicit drugs are a major problem in many cities across the U.S., including Volusia County, where methamphetamine is the primary drug of concern. Other illicit drugs of concern in New Smyrna and Volusia County include heroin and ecstasy.
Although each drug has its own signs and symptoms of abuse, these are some general signs that someone you know may be abusing drugs:
Specific signs of meth abuse include periods of hyperactivity, decreased appetite, agitation, declining dental health, and borrowing or stealing money.
Specific signs of prescription drug abuse include stealing or forging prescriptions, getting prescriptions from more than one doctor, and using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.
Specific signs of heroin abuse include needle marks, shallow breathing, disorientation, and sudden drops in energy level.
Substance abuse rehab can take place at a residential facility or through an outpatient program. If an addiction is present, substance abuse rehab will start with medical detox, during which the drug is safely removed from the body with the help of a team of medical professionals.
Drug treatment therapies will follow, and after rehab is successfully completed, an aftercare program will be set up to help prevent a lapse.
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