Addictions Treated

ADDICTIONS TREATED

Alcohol

Alcohol addiction is not uncommon. Alcohol withdrawal can go anywhere from a mild headache and a bit of nausea, to life threatening symptoms that need to be treated by a medical staff immediately. The withdrawal symptoms depend on the intake. A person having a few drinks once in a while is more likely to have mild symptoms. Someone with a dependency or addiction will go through a more dangerous withdrawal. When drinking, alcohol raises dopamine levels. This gives the person a euphoric feeling that is now connected with alcohol. The increased dopamine levels leave the brain unbalanced, making a withdrawal both physically and mentally difficult When going through alcohol withdrawal it is never a good idea to go “cold-turkey” without medical assistance. The central nervous system receives a shock that can be life threatening.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures

Heroin

Heroin addiction is one of the most intense drug addictions and the most difficult to overcome. Because of the intense withdrawal symptoms, it is vital that heroin detoxification is done in a medical clinic. Heroin is described as a short acting opioid meaning that it enters and leaves the blood stream very quickly. This also means that withdrawal symptoms can start within 6-12 hours after the last dose. The View makes sure that clients are as comfortable and safe as possible while going through this difficult process. Medical staff is constantly monitoring clients so no one feels as though they are going through withdrawal symptoms alone.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Hypertension
  • Aches and pains
  • Depression and anxiety

Opiates

Opiate addiction is extremely wide spread, and includes a large percentage of people. It is an addiction that can form unknowingly, usually from taking a prescribed medication after some sort of physical trauma or surgery. Opiates disturb the chemical balance of the brain, giving the person a “high” or feeling of pleasure. The chemical balance adjusts to this feeling, making it difficult for the person to feel normal or function without taking the drug. Opiate withdrawal symptoms can start quickly, usually in between doses.

Opiate withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Hypertension
  • Aches and pains
  • Depression and anxiety

Cocaine

Cocaine is similar to heroin in that it is fast acting. It enters the blood stream very quickly with effects that last less than an hour. This makes the drug very easy to abuse and overdose. Cocaine will also be smoked or injected to feel a more intense “high.” The drug quickens heart rate, gives feelings of euphoria, and raises energy levels. Because of cocaine’s direct connection to the brain and its chemical balance, the mental withdrawal symptoms tend to be more intense than physical withdrawal symptoms. It is best to be in the presence of a mental health professional that helps clients understand what and why they are feeling. The View aims to give as much support and comfort process during this time.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Short term memory loss
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Mood swings

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are prescription pills that are used to treat anxiety, depression, and seizures. They usually involve muscle relaxants or sleep aids. This helps lower a person’s fight mode when suffering from anxiety or panic attacks. The chemical balance of the brain adjusts to these levels produced by the drug, thus making withdrawal dangerous because of the heightened levels of depression, anxiety, or panic. Benzodiazepine withdrawal should always be done with professional medical assistance. The direct effect it has on the brain can prompt grand mal seizures, hallucinations, and sometimes fatal symptoms.

Benzodiazepines withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Short term memory loss
  • Tension
  • Nausea
  • Aches and pains
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Mood swings