Drug abuse and addiction is a serious issue for professionals in the workplace, most importantly for those with a responsibility to render services under a safe environment for their clients such as healthcare providers. Many well-educated, highly trained and experienced healthcare practitioners lose their families, careers, and futures to drug use and addiction.
Because drug abuse among professionals is highly stigmatized, many professionals remain silent about their addiction. The most important reason is denial because of the shame and guilt that accompanies the disorder. Addiction hijacks the brain and is considered to be a chronic illness. As such, it must be treated immediately and perpetually before an injury to self and others occur.
Positive Sobriety Institute (PSI), a leading drug rehab in Illinois, is a drug addiction treatment center for all, regardless of type and severity of the addiction. Our highly trained staff is equipped to treat a wide variety of drug addictions and is able to address the unique challenges that each particular drug brings.
Stimulants: Stimulants are a class of drugs that are used to increase normal activity in the body’s central nervous symptoms. They are known to boost awareness, energy, and alertness. Examples of stimulants: Methamphetamine, crack, cocaine, and ecstasy.
Depressants: Depressant drugs are psychoactive drugs that work by diminishing normal functioning of the central nervous system. They are often referred to as “downers.” Examples of depressant drugs: Alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepine, and tranquilizers.
Opiates: Opiates are very powerful painkillers that are extremely addictive. Opiate pain medications work by attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain, which produce feelings of pleasure and reduce sensations of pain throughout the body. Examples of opiates: Morphine, codeine, oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, and hydrocodone.
Hallucinogens: Hallucinogens are drugs that alter a person’s perception and feeling. They affect areas of the brain that control coordination, hearing, sight and other cognitive processes. Examples of hallucinogens: LSD, MDMA and PCP.
Not everyone who uses drugs necessarily forms an addiction. Using once or twice and then abstaining from use is not likely to cause drug addiction. But once regular use is established, the effects of drug abuse can be devastating. It is through sustained and frequent use of a particular drug that leads to a tolerance (the need to consume greater quantities of the drug in order to experience previous effects). Tolerance can then lead to a physical dependence that will cause the user to experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when they do not take the drug. They may feel physically ill and find themselves experiencing cravings for the substance to feel better or to even just to function in their daily life.