Drug addiction recently caused trouble in the Tampa area. Fourteen people accused of selling drugs to undercover investigators at two Tarpon Springs motels were arrested August 14th. Drug transactions were for a variety of narcotics, including Xanax, hydrocodone and crack cocaine. The investigation began June 30. Drug addiction can get you involved in shady dealings like aforementioned situation. Drug addiction comes in many forms, but any of these can lead to damaging consequences. Call your local treatment center to get help. Different types of chemical addictions . Opiates - heroin, morphine, fentanyl . Stimulants - cocaine, methamphetamine, Adderall . Sedatives - Xanax, Valium, Klonopin An estimated 500,000 people in America are reportedly addicted to heroin, according to the BBC. In March 2015, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported that heroin-related deaths have quadrupled in the United States over the course of the past three years. This amounts to about 2.7 deaths per 100,000 people in the United States.
Physical dependence on a drug is usually a precursor to a mental addiction. Dependence occurs when the body builds a tolerance to the drug, requiring greater doses each time to achieve the same effect. Eventually, the repeated exposure to these high doses "rewires" the brain and causes the addiction. Signs and Symptoms Early signs of a drug addiction include social withdrawal, furtive behavior, bloodshot eyes and changes in sleep patterns. In time this can progress to neglecting responsibilities such as school and work and engaging in risky or illegal behavior to obtain money for the drug.
The Different Models of Addiction Treatment Behavioral therapies seek to change the behavior patterns of patients through a variety of means, such as incentives for clean drug tests and identifying cues that trigger a desire for drug use so that they can be avoided. These processes effectively retrain the brain to combat the damage that drug use has done. Pharmacotherapy is the use of medications to help manage drug addiction. These medications are often derived from the drug that is being abused, but they do not produce the "high" feeling or may cause unpleasant symptoms when that drug is taken. One well-known example is methadone, used to treat heroin and pain pill addictions.
Drug addiction doesn't have to take over your life. Attend a Narcotic Anonymous meeting in Tampa (tampa-na.org) to speak with peers about your substance abuse.