Substance Abuse Treatment

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the most commonly abused substance is nicotine, followed by alcohol, marijuana, opioids and stimulants. While nicotine and alcohol are legal and available in Atlanta with minimal restrictions, marijuana is illegal, and opioids and stimulants are only legal when prescribed for medical use.

Euphoria and Substance Abuse

Euphoria is defined as a feeling of happiness, confidence or wellbeing. The term is medically recognized as a mental and emotional state that is intense and often brought about by the use of psychoactive drugs. This feeling is not typically achieved during the normal course of human experience. At an exaggerated level, euphoria can turn into a pathological state such as mania. The two main categories of psychoactive drugs are stimulants which tend to increase activity in the brain and psychedelics which affect thinking, distort perceptions and alter moods.

About Stimulants

While stimulants were previously prescribed to treat several different conditions such as asthma and other respiratory problems obesity, and neurological disorders, they are now often used for specific conditions including Attention Deficit Disorder, narcolepsy and depression.
Some of the common side effects stimulant users in Atlanta include the following symptoms:

  • Increased blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of glucose in the blood
  • Euphoria
  • Restlessness
  • Irregular heartbeat and palpitations
  • Headaches and fever
  • Stomachaches, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Problems in sexual drive such as decrease in libido and impotence
  • Skin allergies
  • Anorexia, extreme weight loss, or loss of appetite

Substance Abuse Treatment for Atlanta Residents

Regardless of the substance that an Atlanta resident is abusing, it is often difficult to discontinue the abuse without assistance. Ask any smoker how many times she tried to stop abusing nicotine and it may surprise you to hear a high number. And if the substance you are abusing is prescribed for a condition, such as ADD, it may be even more difficult to stop using it. But, there is help for Atlanta residents.

Help quitting drugs may range from nicotine patches, to working with your physician to wean off a prescribed drug, to attending support group meetings, to outpatient rehab, to medically supervised detox, to inpatient residential treatment. Which option that makes the most sense for each Atlanta addict is best determined by their own assessment of needs:

  • Can you discontinue substance abuse with minimal support?
  • Do you need detox?
  • Have you had success weaning off a drug under your doctor’s care?
  • Do you need a more structured support system?

By answering these questions, Atlanta residents can start focusing in on the options that they want to explore. No matter which solution is right for you, the most important thing is to get started now.

Atlanta Substance Abuse Help

If you or someone you know in Atlanta is abusing either prescribed or illegal substances, it can be difficult to determine when a person’s use moves from therapeutic to addictive. However it is possible, and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about substance abuse. We are here to help.