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Although our nation is still in the midst of an opiate crisis that is claiming record numbers of lives, heroin and painkillers are certainly not the only drugs that are causing major problems in America.

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While policy makers and treatment specialists continue to implement programs to reduce the damage caused by opioids, there are plenty of other forms of drug abuse that cannot be forgotten.

Alcohol is still the most widely abused substance and causes considerable damage. There are also drugs like prescription stimulants, methamphetamine and cocaine, all of which have a very high potential for abuse and dependency. Additional prescription drugs that are often abused include anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines. These drugs include brand names such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin and Valium. We also cannot leave out marijuana, as the potency and use is increasing, creating a whole new group of people becoming dependent on the drug.

One of the fastest rising categories of drug abuse includes synthetic drugs. These chemical compounds are often formulated overseas and sold legally in the U.S. in convenience stores and head shops, that is, until they’re detected and made illegal. The substances are usually variations of other illegal drugs that are slightly different in their structure, and then sold as items such as plant food, bath salts, herbal supplements, and other things listed as “not for human consumption,” though that is only a formality. Synthetic drugs attract younger people due to their open availability and bright packaging and the number of emergency room visits involving these various substances continues to increase substantially.

Regardless of the drug that someone may be having a problem with, there are effective solutions available to help them recover. This often starts with an intervention followed by completing a treatment program. If you would like more information about various types of addictions and how they can be overcome, contact us today to speak with a counselor who can help.

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