Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is "the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances," according to the World Health Organization. It causes a person to experience physical, mental and social changes that cause a person to lose control over his or her relationship with the particular drug. Those who have addiction problems often require substance abuse rehab in order to regain control of their lives.

Different Types

Substance abuse rehab is available for several different types of abuse. These include:

• Illegal drugs, such as heroin, marijuana and/or methamphetamines.

• Prescription drugs, such as opiates (like hydrocodone and oxycodone), benzodiazepines (like Klonopin and Xanax) and stimulants (like Adderall and Ritalin).

• Alcohol

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration categorizes drugs by schedules, which can relay how addictive a particular drug is and whether or not it has medical uses. Schedule I substances are illegal drugs and have no known medical purpose. Examples include LSD, heroin, MDMA and bath salts. Schedule II drugs have medical uses, but are highly prone to addiction. Examples include opiate pain pills, such as oxycodone Diagnosis and hydrocodone. Schedule III drugs include ketamine and anabolic steroids. Schedule IV drugs include benzodiazepines, such as Klonopin, Valium and Ativan.

Warning Signs of Abuse

A person may initially try to hide his or her abuse from others. However, as a person sinks deeper into abuse, he or she often cannot conceal the effects of drug use.

The signs of substance abuse can depend upon the drug type abused. Consider these examples:

Marijuana Abuse Signs: Dizziness, red and/or bloodshot eyes, memory loss and unexplained laughter or euphoria.

Cocaine Abuse Signs: As a stimulant, cocaine can cause a person to appear "sped-up," such as anxiety, restlessness, panic, irritation and erratic or bizarre behaviors.

Opiate Abuse Signs: Opiates, such as heroin and painkilling medications, can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, confusion, poor concentration, drug cravings, sedation, itching and constipation.

Health Effects of Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is not only often illegal, but also causes significant health risks to a person. At the worst, substance abuse can lead to overdose and death. It can also affect a person socially, leading to arrests, affected interpersonal relationships and job loss due to poor performance.

use is "the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances," according to the World Health Organization.

Drug rehab centers in Queens and Narcotics Anonymous (www.nycna.org) can help you with substance abuse.

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