Everyday people die from the chronic disease of addiction to a drug or to alcohol. In fact addictive substances kill people at such an alarming rate that the world is starting to take notice. Unfortunately it has taken so long for the general population to be convinced of how very vital useful and available treatment is, that we have an epidemic size problem on our hands. Because treatment isn’t available or because it doesn’t go to far enough people either don’t seek it out or are not equipped to go back to their everyday lives, and addiction’s death toll continues to skyrocket.

What this makes clear is that education surrounding the public problem of addiction, is a vital need. It is encouraging to know that we are learning more and more everyday as scientists take up the noble cause of better understanding addiction. Through studies and research people in the United States and all over the world have been able to create forms of treatment that are able to be shaped to the individual addict in question thus making it more effective for treatment and long term recovery.

This includes treating long term effects of addiction and drug use which are often physiological in nature, but can also be psychological. Drug or alcohol addiction can at times trigger a mental health dual diagnosis. Discovery Institute rehabs in NJ, detox centers, and after care programs can help a person who struggles with an addiction to drugs and alcohol, even one who has suffered for years, to recover from some of the long term effects even while they get clean and learn what it means to engage in sober living in New Jersey.

Drugs can deteriorate every system in the body. The following are lists that highlight which drugs can damage which system of the body after long term use.

 

Discovery InstituteDrugs That Affect The Cardiovascular System:

  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Ecstasy
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Fentanyl
  • Alcohol

 

Drugs That Affect The Nervous System:

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Prescription opioids
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Ecstasy
  • Hallucinogens

Drugs That Affect The Respiratory System:

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Meth
  • Marijuana
  • PCP
  • Prescription opioids
  • Tobacco

 

Drugs That Affect The Gastrointestinal System:

  • Cocaine
  • Anything inhaled
  • DXM
  • Heroin
  • Khat
  • Kratom
  • Acid
  • Ecstasy
  • Nicotine
  • Prescription opioids
  • Spice
  • Psilocybin
  • PCP

        
Drugs That Affect The Musculoskeletal System:

 

  • Anything inhaled
  • Ecstasy
  • PCP
  • Psilocybin
  • Steroids

Treatment For Drug and Alcohol Addiction Makes Sober Living in New Jersey Possible

Sometimes when a person struggling with drugs or alcohol feels like they have been an addict for a long time, it can be intimidating to seek out help. There may be a couple of reasons for this. For one, the person probably remembers the terrible stigma that exists around addiction. Though this stigma is still present in some circles of society, it is demonstrably receded, and the addict will very likely be able to avoid the stigma at all when they are in the safety of a residential treatment program. Another concern the person may have is that they aren’t treatable.

The person may worry that with their years of substance abuse and chemical dependence that the drug has just become a part of them. Indeed, it could be that it feels like it is a part of them in a way that it might change who they are if they start recovery. This may be true to an extent. But it is important to remember, the drug changed the individual, and they are capable of finding themselves again, through the cloudy haze that comes so often with addiction. Rehab will offer them the time they need to rediscover who they were before the addiction, and to become even deeper and more truly themselves. Contact us today to discover more about yourself and achieving sobriety in South Florida.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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