Tulsa Drug Abuse Treatment
Drug abuse is using a drug in a way other than is intended, an affliction that can be effectively treated by Tulsa drug abuse treatment centers. For illegal drugs, there is no intended use. For legal or prescription drugs, drug abuse is using the drug in a manner or frequency other than prescribed. Drug abuse is a serious problem, which includes for the user, his or her family and also for the general public due to increased healthcare costs and lost work productivity days.
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What Are Today's Common Drugs of Abuse?
Some drugs of abuse have been around for hundreds to thousands of years while others - known as "designer" drugs - have emerged on the market in the past decade. Examples of these drug types would be synthetic marijuana, flakka or bath salts. Other common drugs of abuse include:
- Prescription medications, including opiates (painkillers), such as morphine, hydrocodone or oxycodone; anxiolytics, such as Klonopin, Xanax or Valium; and stimulants, such as Adderall or Ritalin.
What Are the Health Effects?
Each drug can have adverse health effects on a person's health. Some are more acute - for example, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines carry high risks for overdosing with each use. Drugs can affect a person's memory and ability to maintain personal relationships as well as a job.
Using drugs intravenously increases the risk for infections, such as endocarditis, a very serious infection of the heart. There are other diseases associated with intravenous drug use, including hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.
What Are the Signs of Use?
Drugs cause changes in a person's personality and appearance. Because a person becomes so preoccupied with using a drug, he or she will often stop doing activities he or she once enjoyed. A person may gain or lose weight and start to neglect his or her appearance as a result of the drug abuse. They may experience trouble with the legal system, financial difficulties and keeping a job due to drug use. A person who abuses drugs may experience more frequent infections as a result of his or her drug use because drugs often affect a person's respiratory system, leading to increased incidences of pneumonia.