Treatment for Downer Addiction

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Downers are an informal term for central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Unlike CNS stimulants or “uppers,” which make the mind and body more active, downers decrease mental or physical activity. Downers include alcohol, prescription medications, and illicit substances. The following classes of drugs are considered downers:

  • Benzodiazepines – Examples of commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include Klonopin, Xanax and Valium. These drugs are prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders, muscle spasticity, seizures, and certain sleeping disorders. They are addictive and can cause long-term side effects such as depression, fatigue, and memory loss.
  • Barbiturates – These are sedative or sleep-inducing drugs derived from barbituric acid. They are frequently prescribed as sedatives and anesthetics. They are also addictive and after long-term use can result in decreased functioning, irritability, and memory loss.
  • Opiates – Opiates are substances derived from the poppy plant. They come in both prescription and illicit forms. Heroin is an example of an illicit opiate, while oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine have legitimate medical uses. These are used as narcotic pain relievers that help people who suffer from chronic or acute pain resulting from injuries, illnesses, and painful conditions. Respiratory depression is the main risk of long-term opiate abuse. Memory loss, depression, cognitive impairment, and psychosis can also result from long-term opiate abuse.

Because of their calming and euphoric effects, downers may be used by Atlanta residents for reasons other than their approved medical purposes and without a legitimate prescription. Whether using them to numb emotional pain, achieve a thrilling high, or find relief from stress, using these drugs without a prescription or refusing to follow the prescribed doses can result in addiction.

What Unique Recovery Challenges Do Atlanta Downer Users Face?

Atlanta residents may begin taking these drugs because they have a legitimate problem and view a certain drug as the answer. Whether the problem is anxiety, seizures, pain, or a sleep disorder, the drug may ease many of their symptoms and help them find long-awaited relief. Because of this relief, the pleasant feelings that these drugs produce, and their addictive potential, it can be too easy for users to overlook the negative consequences and continue using a harmful drug. This can make recovery a challenge for them, because they are faced not only with the problems that the addiction has caused, but also with the original issues that caused them to turn to drugs in the first place. In a professional treatment program, both physical and psychological aspects of the addiction and the issues that caused it will be addressed in a comfortable environment.

Help for Atlanta Residents Struggling with Downer Addiction

If you or a loved one in Denver is struggling with addiction to downers, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment you deserve so that you can achieve long-lasting recovery. Please call today.