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Drug Abuse in Hialeah FL 786-972-3360

Abusing any type of substance, be it alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs, prevents the brain and body from functioning normally. Individuals with drug abuse problems often exhibit compulsive behaviors that override rational thinking and the ability to control impulses. Drug abuse can often lead to dependence, and eventually, addiction. Drug abuse treatment centers in Hialeah help individuals with drug abuse and addiction problems. Call and talk with one of the Alcohol Treatment Centers Hialeah counselors at 786-972-3360.

Commonly Used Drugs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 20 million Americans have used illicit drugs or tried a psychological and remedial medication, to relieve the discomfort caused by pain, in the last past. More than 7 million individuals have used prescription medication for non-medical reasons.

Another form of drug abuse involves a fairly new practice in which individuals mix alcohol and energy drinks. Energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine, which is a stimulant. When mixed with any form of alcohol, which lowers blood pressure, the combination can cause a toxic reaction. With the added caffeine, it takes longer for the person to feel intoxicated, so they drink more alcohol.

Another drug of abuse is cocaine. It is an addictive stimulant and one of the oldest known psychoactive substances, dating back thousands of years. The source of cocaine is coca leaves. Cocaine causes heightened energy levels and a depressive crash after the drug wears off, which can quickly lead to a drug problem. Long-term use of this drug can cause serious damage to the body and the brain.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Some of the most common signs of drug abuse include:

  • Mood or personality changes
  • Increased anxiety or aggression
  • Poor judgment and or decreased motor skills
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits/patterns
  • Unusual behavior or hyperactivity
  • Depression
  • Problems at school or at work
  • Personal relationship problems
  • Bad breath, dilated pupils or bloodshot eyes
  • Disregard for personal hygiene


Drug Side Effects

Drinking alcohol and using drugs weakens the immune system, making the addict’s body an easy target for diseases. Drugs and alcohol abuse make individuals more susceptible to infections, pneumonia and the flu, among others.

There are several drug categories and associated side effects:

  • Alcohol can alter brain functions and cause cognitive impairment. Long-term use can affect respiration and cause heart problems.
  • Hypnotics and sedatives can impair memory.
  • Opioids lower the user’s ability to learn and respond. Some other effects of opioid use may include: lethargy, constipation, blacking out, labored breathing and vomiting.
  • Cocaine causes cognitive defects, impaired motor function and decreased reaction time. Dangerous physical side effects associated with this drug include: heart attack, seizures, blood clots, undernourishment, kidney failure and permanent brain damage.
  • Amphetamines can cause sleep disturbance, increased anxiety and increased blood pressure.
  • Hallucinogens can cause acute psychotic episodes and flashbacks

Alcohol Treatment Centers Hialeah have a caring staff of qualified professionals who understand the complexities of drug abuse and addiction. Call 786-972-3360 to talk to one of the counselors and begin treatment for substance abuse.

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