Drug dependence is a chronic and progressive condition requiring sustained intervention and treatment. Those who are dependent on drugs experience a craving for their specific drug of abuse, a loss of control over their drug use, increased withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug of choice, and an increased tolerance to the drug over time, which leads to using more and more. Once withdrawals are stabilized during detox, intensive psychotherapy, exercise and other alternative therapies help the client better understand the underlying issues that accompany the desire to use drugs. Some common drugs of abuse include:
Cocaine: Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that is abused nationwide. This drug exists in many forms and, drug dealers often combine with other substances in order to make a greater profit; this only complicates the treatment of this drug. In addition to treating the addiction, at White Sands we will also teach you how to identify and deal with the issues beneath the surface that may be contributing to the problem.
Heroin: Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug, and can cause severe medical complications. In most cases, the doctors at White Sands will slowly wean you off of this drug during the detoxification process so that it does not shock your system. They may prescribe medication to help you through it and minimize any discomfort. We also provide additional medical care to help treat any diseases that addicts may contracted through injection of the drug.
Crystal Meth: Due to its highly addictive nature, crystal meth (methamphetamine in crystallized form) is a national problem. The stimulant strongly affects the mind as well as the body. At White Sands Treatment Center, we have the ability to provide individuals addicted to crystal meth with a safe, medical detoxification that helps minimize the discomfort of withdrawal; common symptoms include confusion, paranoia, strange skin sensations and insomnia. We also provide additional medical care to treat associated skin sores, or care for disease that addicts may contracted through use of the drug.
Prescription Drugs: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse is defined as using a medication in a manner other than the way in which it was prescribed, or using it without a prescription. For many, prescription drug abuse starts by not using the medications as originally intended by a medical professional, or experimenting with the drug recreationally. Frequently-abused prescription drugs include pain relievers, stimulants and sleeping pills, which can lead to overdose and death. Due to the careful monitoring that is necessary during the detox process, a residential recovery center like White Sands is a highly recommended recovery option.
Often, the gold standard for treating drug addiction will be inpatient medical detox. This process involves steadily tapering off the dosage of your drug of abuse, compensating for withdrawal symptoms and sometimes using certain medications to reduce addiction cravings. Throughout detox, our expert team of doctors, nurses and psychiatrists will supervise your progress and provide support. Your dignity is one of our top priorities.
Drug addiction is a complex illness, and different types of drug abuse require different treatments. For example, while some addictions primarily relate to physical changes in the body, other addictions are, in large part, psychological. At White Sands Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, we take this information into consideration when we carefully design each patient’s treatment, maximizing each person’s chances of recovery.