The list of drugs available today is seemingly endless, yet still growing. In terms of addiction treatment, the most common psychoactive drug classes presented in patients include:

  • Narcotics
  • Depressants
  • Stimulants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Inhalants
  • Synthetics

The Drug Enforcement Agency now refers to narcotics as drugs that dull the senses and relieve pain. All forms of opioids are narcotics, both legal and illegal with a high potential for abuse. Aside from pain relief, they also create an addictive, euphoric high for the user. Commonly abused opiates include: heroin, oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and methadone. The risk of relapse on opiates is high, adding to the importance of detox and continued care.

Though depressants such as sleep aids, anxiety medications (benzodiazepines), and alcohol are on the lower end of the federal government’s scale for potential abuse, this not the case in treatment centers. Drugs such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, GHB, and Ambien are included in this classification, as well as alcohol. Each of these drugs is addictive, and all require medical detox.

Stimulants are highly addictive, and include the number one addiction worldwide: nicotine. Others, such as cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, amphetamine, and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Focalin) are commonly addressed in treatment centers. Along with high abuse potential, stimulants come with a high risk of relapse.

Hallucinogens are Schedule I drugs, meaning they have a high potential for abuse, and no medical purpose. The addictive side of hallucinogens however, is more in line with psychological addiction rather than physical dependence. Drugs such as magic mushrooms, LSD, acid, and MDMA or ecstasy are in this class, and they are treatable.

Inhalant addiction is extremely dangerous, as the user may suffer from Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome, meaning he could die the 1st, 12th, or 80th time he sniffs. Inhalants are easily found in the household, and include: paint, gasoline, computer duster, glue, and nitrous oxide, such as whipped cream canisters.

Synthetic drug use is on the rise and presenting a dangerous addiction in treatment centers nationwide. Two categories of synthetics include: cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana known as Spice and K2) and stimulants, such as MDMA, bath salts, methamphetamine, and LSD. New psychoactive substances (NPS) synthetically mimic other illegal drugs, are highly addictive, and can be deadly.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, it is time to do something different. Medical detox safely removes all chemicals from the body, in a comfortable and supportive setting. Active addiction is no way to live, and you or your loved one can begin the healing journey into recovery, today. Give us a call, you don’t have to do this alone. We are here to help you every step of the way.

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