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Commonly Used Substances

Misusing or abusing substances can cause many physical and mental health consequences, as well as negative effects on your work, relationships, finances, and academic performance. Substance abuse can lead to addiction, a chronic condition characterized by uncontrollable drug or alcohol use. Substance addiction is progressive, which means it tends to worsen over time if it continues to go untreated. You can find information about commonly used substances here, especially those that may require detox and rehab treatment.

And if you need help finding a rehab program, call 800-996-6135(Who Answers?) today.

Substances Requiring Medical Detox

Although anyone who is struggling with substance abuse or addiction may benefit from professional detox services, certain substances are of particular concern when it comes to withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms emerge when you suddenly stop using a certain substance or dramatically reduce your dose. These symptoms may be mild in some people but extremely distressing or even life-threatening in others.

The following substances may produce life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates

Because of the potential dangers of alcohol and sedative withdrawal, medical detox services are often the gold standard of care. Medical detox offers patients 24/7 care, medical monitoring, and supervision to ensure their safety throughout the withdrawal process. Medical staff administers withdrawal medications that can ease symptoms and reduce cravings.

Although opioid detox isn’t typically dangerous, it can be very painful and uncomfortable, so much so that patients return to opioid use to relieve these symptoms. Many people may benefit from medical detox to increase their comfort and reduce the risk of relapsing. Plus, once you finish a medical detox program, the treatment team can assist you in transitioning to a formal addiction treatment program, where you’ll receive comprehensive substance abuse care aimed at helping you obtain and maintain sobriety in the long run.

Finding Treatment That Specializes in Your Addiction

Although most addiction treatment programs treat addictions to a variety of substances, some may specialize in certain substances of abuse, like opioids or opiates. When comparing rehabs, it’s best to know which program has experience in treating your addiction. Call 800-996-6135(Who Answers?) to find a rehab that’s right for you.

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