We are fast becoming a nation in serious trouble when it comes to drug addiction. If you or someone you know, is suffering from drug addiction, don’t lose hope. Empire Detox, a comprehensive outpatient alcohol and drug detox center in Coral Springs can help.
Let’s begin with an explanation on drug addiction. The National Institute of Drug Abuse defines it as the following: “Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences.” And addiction tends to worsen over time. Yet, we continue to indulge, which is the nature of addiction.
Many of us have an issue. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014. About 80 percent of those patients also struggled with alcohol use issues.
The Mayo Clinic says prescription drug abuse can affect all age groups, but it’s more common in young people. And according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the three classes of medication most commonly misused are:
- Opioids—usually prescribed to treat pain
- Central nervous system depressants (this category includes tranquilizers, Sedatives, and hypnotics)—used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
- Stimulants—most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
There’s a lot of blame to go around when pinpointing the cause of why so many of us reach for drugs. The NDA cites the following reasons people take drugs: to feel good, to feel better, to do better, or curiosity and “because others are doing it.” But here’s the kicker, some of us become addicted, while others don’t. Environmental factors play a huge role, including the influence of your home environment and family issues and also peer pressure from friends and acquaintances. Biological factors also play a role—scientists estimating that genetic factors account for between 40 and 60 percent of your vulnerability to addiction.
The good news is that help is available. Empire Detox specializes in treating substance abuse disorders. We provide medical assistance (suboxone, methadone, and other drugs) to help people manage cravings and withdrawals from opiates, other drugs, and alcohol. Our compassionate, professional, and experienced staff is ready to help you.
If you or a loved one needs help fighting drug addiction, call Empire Detox, a comprehensive outpatient alcohol and drug detox center in Coral Springs, at 844.533.3869. We are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. We look forward to helping you reclaim your life.