Drug Rehab Center in Mississippi
Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis
Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis completed medical school at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and residency in general psychiatry in 2003. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2005. Following this, he served as Chief Medical Officer for 10 years of Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare a private health system including a 105-bed hospital, residential treatment, and intensive outpatient services.
Understanding Drug Addiction and Treatment
An Overview On Drug Addiction
What Is Addiction?
Some drugs cause withdrawal symptoms within minutes of the last dose, while others take hours or days. These withdrawal symptoms are often extremely uncomfortable, which prompts the user to take more of the drug to alleviate them. Addiction is characterized by the following five behaviors:
Addiction is characterized by the following five behaviors:
What Drugs Are Addictive?
Opiate painkillers and benzos are among the most addictive types of prescription drugs. Both are often prescribed for pain, but benzos are also prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety. Both drug types can be very addictive, especially when taken over a longer period of time.
People who become addicted to opiate painkillers often turn to heroin, which is also an opiate, when they can no longer get prescriptions. Withdrawal from opiates is very unpleasant, but this type of withdrawal is not generally life-threatening. However, the risk of overdose with opiates is very high.
Types of Addictive Drugs:
What Are Common Signs Of Drug Addiction?
In terms of physical symptoms, these depend on the drug being used. If the person is injecting drugs, you might start seeing them wear long clothing even in the summer to hide the needle marks. If the person is snorting drugs, you might notice them sniffling a lot or having other nasal problems. More general symptoms might include increased lethargy or increased energy, memory loss, agitation and restlessness, and increased depression or anger.
What Are The Health Risks From Drug Abuse?
What Are The Causes Of Addiction?
Some people can try drugs like heroin or cocaine and not get addicted, while others become addicted after the first use. The simplest explanation is that, in some people, the drugs hijack the brain’s reward and motivation circuitry. The high from a particular drug might be so euphoric to some people that they can’t stop themselves from trying it again. They then have to take more and more to get the same effect as tolerance builds up.
At some point, the person takes the drug simply to stop uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms from occurring. This is a sign that the person is both dependent and psychologically addicted.
Where To Seek Help For A Drug Problem
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