Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Scottsdale
Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. More than six out of 10 overdose deaths involve an opioid. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Deaths from prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone have more than quadrupled since 1999.
Stimulants are a group of substances that are often referred to as “uppers,” and include performance-enhancing, prescribed and illicit drugs. The prescribed stimulants include Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, and Concerta. Illicit drugs include amphetamines, cocaine, and MDMA. Stimulants either block re-uptake or cause the release of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. The estimate is that over 1.2 million people abuse stimulants every month and over 360,000 people receive treatment for a stimulant addiction every year.
Of the 20 million Americans 12 years of age and older that have a substance use disorder, 2 million use pain pills, and 600,000 people use heroin. At our drug and alcohol treatment center in Scottsdale, we can successfully treat substance addiction. SMHWI can treat opiate dependence with Suboxone, a medication that reduces the debilitating effects of withdrawal and reduces the craving for more opioids. As part of a complete treatment program that includes counseling and behavioral therapy, it can be very effective.
Almost 67 million people are tobacco product users, including 55 million cigarette smokers. Cigarettes contain Nicotine which has similar effects to drugs such as cocaine and heroin, as it activates the brain’s reward circuits and increases levels of the chemical messenger dopamine. This makes cigarettes very addictive.
About 139 million (53%) people consume alcohol, including 61 million (23%) who binge on alcohol and 16 million (6%) who are heavy alcohol users.
Hallucinogens alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. These substances cause hallucinations. The most common hallucinogens are LSD, DMT, mescaline, ketamine, PCP, mushrooms, peyote, salvia and MDMA. The estimates are that between 7 and 13% of US adults used hallucinogens in their lifetime.
Inhalant abuse is not as common as other drugs, but the danger of an inhalant addiction is still a concern. Inhalant use is most prevalent among teenagers with between 13.1% and 16.1% of 8 graders using inhalants. Anyone who is unable to control their inhalant use regardless of knowing the negative health effects can be considered to have an addiction.