Drug Abuse Terms to Know Part 4

Do you or someone you know suffer from substance abuse issues? If so, it can be one of the hardest things you'll ever deal with in life. That's why we are here today, bringing you more terms from drugabuse.gov and naabt.org. We hope these terms help you become familiar with things that might be going on.

Drug Rehab Charlotte NC | Terms to Know

  • Endorphins: These are opium-like substances produced naturally in the brain, which give a feeling of well-being and are natural painkillers. Production of endorphins is stimulated by many natural circumstances, including profound exercise.
  • Enmeshment: The state of being in which two people are so close emotionally that one perceives the other as “smothering” him or her with affection, concern, attention, etc. Enmeshment also can occur without a conscious sense of it.
  • Prescription Drug Abuse: The use of a medication without a prescription; in a way other than as prescribed; or for the experience or feeling elicited. This term is used interchangeably with "nonmedical" use, a term employed by many of the national surveys.
  • Psychotherapeutics: Drugs that have an effect on the function of the brain and that often are used to treat psychiatric/neurologic disorders; includes opioids, CNS depressants, and stimulants.
  • Respiratory Depression: Slowing of respiration (breathing) that results in the reduced availability of oxygen to vital organs.
  • Sedatives: Drugs that suppress anxiety and promote sleep; the NSDUH classification includes benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and other types of CNS depressants.
  • Euphoria: Psychological feeling of well-being, extreme happiness.
  • Methadone: A long-acting synthetic opioid medication that is effective in treating opioid addiction and pain.
  • Norepinephrine: A neurotransmitter present in the brain and the peripheral (sympathetic) nervous system; and a hormone released by the adrenal glands. Norepinephrine is involved in attention, responses to stress, and it regulates smooth muscle contraction, heart rate, and blood pressure.
  • Of a long duration: a chronic illness that persists for weeks, months, or even for life.
  • Opioid: A compound or drug that binds to receptors in the brain involved in the control of pain and other functions (e.g., morphine, heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone).
  • Narcolepsy: A disorder characterized by uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep.

We hope this information helps you deal with a family addict or other loved one that has a substance abuse issue.  For more terms about drug abuse be sure to visit back with other blogs in this series:

If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction and need help, consider calling Legacy Freedom, drug rehab in Charlotte NC to learn more about treatment. Addiction isn’t something that can be easily beaten, often it requires extensive rehab and support. Legacy Freedom is here to offer both to you, when you’re ready. Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Legacy Freedom is here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life.

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