Every time the supply for one drug tightens, a different version surfaces. It’s all the same thing in different packages-a new way to get high. Some of the newer versions have called for some creativity. Dead bed bugs are even a source of altered states for some.
It is important to identify and put safeguards on legal products which are manipulated and used for recreation. Otherwise, the damage will be done before the source is named if we wait for the emergency rooms to shed light through overdose autopsies.
One U.S. area got impacted by the drug crisis so greatly that the National Guard was called in to assist. Citizens who ‘accidentally’ got hooked when an injury or surgery required pain management became addicts with insatiable appetites for opiates. They are being called iatrogenic or ‘accidental addicts.’
In a desperation that can’t be put into words, cravings drove many to seek illegal sources to obtain relief from withdrawal. Symptoms begin within a few hours of ceasing drug intake and increase with time. For full-blown addicts, medications are sometimes needed to break the cycle.
One new street drug is called ‘Shady 80.’ This combo has the capacity to obliterate thousands of lives and families. It’s stronger than heroin, laced with fentanyl and has animal tranquilizers in it. Shady 80s are racking up fatalities (as much as one per day in some areas) in morgues and emergency rooms.
Some OTC medications are being manipulated with other things to produce a state similar to opiates. Addicts look everywhere for a substitute when supply lines are cut.
Detoxing from drugs is possibly one of the most uncomfortable things a person will ever experience. It is tantamount to having the worst flu combined with the psychological torture of constant cravings.
No one should attempt detoxing from drugs alone. Besides the physical and mental distress that someone experiences, there are substances that if a proper detoxification process is not followed, withdrawal could be deadly.
Benzodiazepines should never stopped without supervision and monitoring. Drugs in this category are xanax and valium. Detox from these substances has been known to produce fatal seizures.
Alcohol is another substance that should never be abruptly stopped. Depending on level of consumption, detoxing from alcohol without medical supervision can be lethal. Stopping after heavy use can bring on delirium tremens, also known at DTs, which can result in death.
Being hospitalized during your detox process means that you will have access to potentially life-saving medicine should the need arise. This is the first step in putting some space between you and the offending chemical and allow the process of healing to begin.
New methods and forms of treatment are being offered. MAT-medically assisted therapy-is becoming a recovery norm. That allows treatment facilities to use chemicals to offset harsher drugs.
Easing off some of those raging chemical hooks once they are triggered has often proved too much for many addicts. ‘Rock bottom’ isn’t a place of retrieval for some. Death is often the addict’s final chapter.
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