Types of Substance Addiction


Drug addiction continues to be a significant problem in our society. Every year, millions of people are admitted to emergency rooms because of complications related to drugs and alcohol. Long-term addictions create the need for costly medical therapy to treat the damage that the addictive substances have caused. Dealing with the problem of addiction is complicated by the fact that there are many types of addiction, each of which requires its own specific intervention. At WhiteSands, we have a proven track record of success in dealing with many different types of addictions.

Addictive Substances

Although there are many addiction types, we can classify them under three main headings:

  • Addictions to Legal, Non-Prescription Substances: This category includes addictions to drugs such as tobacco and alcohol as well as addictions to over-the-counter, non-prescription medicines. In the United States, alcohol abuse is perhaps the largest problem. Millions of people across the country abuse alcohol, including many teenagers. In fact, alcohol is one of the substances most commonly abused by teens. Deaths related to drunk driving are among the most significant dangers related to alcohol, but long-term drinkers can also suffer from problems such as cirrhosis of the liver. This is part of why it’s so imperative that rehab is pursued as soon as possible. As the result of anti-smoking efforts, there has been an improvement in rates of tobacco addiction, but there are many smokers who need professional counseling and medical treatment if they are to kick the habit. The abuse of over-the-counter drugs is also a perennial problem, with people being admitted to rehabilitation because of addictions to things such as alcohol. And many over-the-counter drugs can be recombined into stronger illicit substances like meth. At WhiteSands, we offer customized, cost effective treatment for these types of addictions.
  • Addictions to Illegal Drugs: This grouping includes addictions to substances such as heroin, marijuana, cocaine, and meth. There has been a reduction in addiction rates related to cocaine in recent years, but the number of heroin and marijuana addicts has been increasing. Crystal meth use is devastating many communities, particularly in rural areas. If you or a loved one suffers from any of these addictions, WhiteSands can help.
  • Addictions to Prescription Drugs: Sadly, addiction to prescription drugs is an increasingly common phenomenon. A stand-out addiction in this category is addiction to opioid painkillers. Many people get addicted to these drugs without even knowing it and the solution to these addictions often requires medical intervention to wean addicts off of these drugs in a safe and comfortable manner. Under professional medical supervision at WhiteSands, many addicts have enjoyed a successful recovery from opioid addiction.

Getting Help

If you suffer from one of these addiction types, our dual-diagnosis treatment programs may be the solution. We’re here to offer assistance 24/7, and our treatment specialists will work with your private insurance to help you get quality, affordable treatment. We can also assist you with travel arrangements so that you can receive safe inpatient treatment at our Fort Meyers, Florida, facility. Call today or fill out the contact form to get more information on how we can help you fight different types of addiction.