What Are the Different Types of Substance Abuse Disorder?

Raleigh Drug RehabEveryone has a good idea of what substance abuse disorder is. We deal with every day at our Raleigh drug rehab center. However, understanding that there are many different types of substance abuse disorders and their effects on the person suffering from them can be challenging. Our expert clinicians and therapists here at Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers have outlined each of these disorders and the symptoms that those who are addicted to the substance experiences.

For those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs and are ready to stop using and begin treatment, Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers offers a unique approach to breaking the cycle of addiction. We are not a 12 step program. We offer a holistic, healing approach to overcoming addiction. Through working with Life-Purpose Coaches, nutritionists, physical therapists, therapists and alternative clinicians at Legacy Freedom you can truly break free from the cycle of addiction.

Together with your care team, you will create a treatment plan that is uniquely focused on you and your needs. Healing the whole person is our focus. Ensuring that you are supported mentally, physically and emotionally as you transition into a life of sober living, Legacy Freedom offers more than fifteen different alternative therapies for you to choose from. Whether you prefer equine assisted therapy, acupuncture, adventure therapy, sound therapy or yoga, your care team will center your treatment around your interests. Guided by your therapist and your Life-Purpose Coach you will begin to transition from addicted survival to sober living.

Substance abuse disorder often leads to multiple related disorders in people who use alcohol or drugs routinely. Mental illnesses or disorders that co-occur with the substance abuse disorder are not related to these substance-induced disorders which are experienced by many addicts. These substance-induced disorders may include:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorder
  • Delirium
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Mood Disorder
  • Persisting Amnestic Disorder
  • Persisting Dementia
  • Hallucinogen Persisting Perceptual Disorder

These symptoms occur as a result of intoxication, substance withdrawal, or substance abuse. Having both substance dependent disorders and mental illnesses is possible. The symptoms of these substance-induced disorders may be extreme or mild. Some addicts experience huge manic shifts while others may only suffer from mild anxiety; however, any substance that is abused over an extended period of time can result in a permanent psychotic state. For some people, a substance-induced mood disorder develops.

During this time, the addict becomes extremely depressed or erratic in their behaviors. To be diagnosed with a substance-induced mood disorder, addicts must have a documented history of substance abuse, a chronic disturbance in mood characterized by depression, or elevated irritability.

Each substance manifests physically in different ways, depending upon the level of addiction, history of use and the quantity of the drug used. These are the most common substances which are abused and the effects during use and intoxication.

Hallucinogens - While using hallucinogens drug-induced panic, delusions, visual distortions and hallucinations occur. Some of these become so intense that the user may experience flashbacks, prolonged psychiatric reactions, an intensifying of existing mental illnesses and extreme depression.

Nicotine - Those who are dependent on nicotine may use it to regulate their mood or suppress their appetite. Long-term physical effects include heart disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses, and cancer.

Caffeine - Caffeine is known to increase anxiety and induce panic attacks when used in large amounts by people who have existing anxiety conditions or a history of panic attacks.

Alcohol - Drinking to excess increases the addict's likelihood to engage in violent acts or risky sexual behaviors. It also leads to loss of impulse control, dysphoria, anxiety, lowered inhibitions, and mood fluctuations. Excessive alcohol use can cause severe internal organ damage, especially to the liver, and even brain damage.

Raleigh Drug RehabAmphetamines and Cocaine - Use of these drugs increases the occurrence of promiscuous sexual behaviors, temporary paranoia or delusions, psychotic states, incidents of violence, increased appetite, sleep deprivation and inability to control fine motor skills.

The presence of elevated heart rate and respirations while on these drugs can have a long-term impact on the body's cardiovascular functions and respiratory sensor receptors in the brain. Addictions to these types of drugs develop and progress rapidly.

Cannabis or Marijuana - The most widely used drug in the United States after alcohol and tobacco, marijuana users report loss of motor coordination, problem-solving skills, and difficulty forming a clear thought. Excessive use by those under the age of 18 has been shown to contribute to a lack of cognitive functioning and an elevated risk of developing a mental illness. Using cannabis long-term has many negative health impacts including impaired mental capacities, chronic lung illnesses and infections and exposure to carcinogens.

Opioids - During use, the addict reports significant feelings of self worth and euphoria. Physical symptoms will persist even after detox and can result in long-term conditions such as anxiety, severe depression, and extreme insomnia. Opioids such as PCP can induce violent behavior, amnesia, acute psychotic states and delusional behaviors.

The physical manifestations of drug and alcohol abuse can occur over time if the addiction evolves slowly or is masked by other physical limitations or impairments. However, with drugs like amphetamines, the physical manifestations and the addiction to the drug appear rapidly, and the decline of both the physical and mental health of the person happens at an alarming rate.

Whether you have noticed significant physical or psychological changes in yourself as a result of your addiction or your loved one's addiction has evolved to the point of including these substance-induced disorders, Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers can help.

Regardless of your addiction history or your failed attempts at sobriety, our holistic approach offers treatment options that are unlike anything you have tried before. Our addiction recovery program is designed to identify and correct the root of your addiction issues. Whether your addiction stems from a troubled relationship or a lack of self-esteem, Legacy Freedom can help. Our Raleigh drug rehab is not standardized, and we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We offer individual and group counseling as well as alternative therapy programs to help you make the most out of your recovery. You are our priority.

Substance-induced disorders are often overlooked and considered to be a part of an underlying mental health condition. Identifying that these patterns of behavior are in fact related to substance abuse and not a co-occurring mental health issue is key to the recovery and treatment process. Understanding this difference is key and why our holistic approach to substance abuse is so successful. By addressing the whole person and their needs both mental, physical and emotionally, the journey to sobriety lifelong coping skills and sober behaviors.

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Legacy Freedom of Raleigh is the top choice for drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Our personalized approach to recovery is what makes us unique. There's no way to create a single plan that works for everyone, so we personalize our substance abuse treatment services to meet your needs. It's about real recovery from addiction, not just a 12-step, one-size-fits-all rehab program. Our treatment options include a variety of holistic and alternative programs that have worked for countless patients.  Call us today to learn more about how you can get started with quality Raleigh drug rehab and alcohol treatment.

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