Lower Keys Medical Center Behavioral Health Department
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Alcohol Abuse?
Alcohol abuse is a serious condition that can have significant impacts on a person’s life and the lives of those around them. Alcohol is a depressant and a psychoactive substance, primarily in a liquid form, that users consume for recreational and social purposes. While moderate alcohol consumption is generally considered safe, excessive alcohol use can lead to many negative consequences, including physical, mental, and social problems. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available for those struggling with alcohol abuse.
What is Benzodiazepines Abuse?
Benzodiazepines, commonly called “Benzos,” are prescription drugs that treat anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. These drugs enhance the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA, which helps reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Examples include Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin. Benzodiazepines are generally safe when used as prescribed but can be highly addictive and can lead to abuse and dependence when misused.
What is Cocaine Abuse?
Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug derived from the coca plant leaves native to South America. It is usually snorted, smoked, or injected, and its effects can be felt almost immediately after use. Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system, increasing dopamine levels in the brain, leading to euphoria, energy, and increased confidence. However, the drug’s short-lived high is often followed by feelings of anxiety, depression, and intense cravings for more cocaine. If you think a friend or loved one is experiencing the symptoms of Cocaine withdrawal, please access our free, user-friendly portal to locate a therapy or treatment provider near you.
What is Meth Abuse?
Methamphetamine, or “Meth,” as it’s often called, is a potent and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant drug. It belongs to the amphetamine class of psychoactive substances and is chemically similar to amphetamine, but its effects on the brain and body are more potent and longer-lasting. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States, which means it’s potential for abuse is high and can lead to severe physical and psychological dependence. If you are here seeking treatment for Meth addiction or abuse, please visit our provider portal to find treatment in your area.
What is Prescription Opiate Abuse?
Derived from the opium poppy plant, prescription opiates are highly addictive pain-relieving drugs. These drugs, such as oxycodone, fentanyl, and hydrocodone, bind to opioid receptors in the brain and body, reducing pain and producing feelings of relaxation and euphoria. While prescription opiates can effectively manage moderate to severe pain, they are also highly dangerous due to their addictive nature. Misuse and abuse of prescription opiates can lead to physical dependence, overdose, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 500,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in the United States between 1999 and 2019, highlighting the urgent need for increased awareness and prevention efforts. It is essential to understand what prescription opiates are, their potential risks, and how to use them safely to avoid the harmful consequences of their misuse.