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Dangers of Addiction

When a person has been in active addiction for some time, it can be easy to forget just how dangerous addiction is. Become aware of the dangers of addiction and learn just how serious this problem is for you and your family. We can help you overcome these dangers by finding proper treatment so you can live a life free from the dangerous emotional roller coaster of addiction.

What Prescription Drug Addictions Are Dangerous?

If taken incorrectly, all prescription drugs are dangerous. It is easy to be fooled and believe that if a doctor prescribes a medicine, it must be safe. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drugs actually account for over one million patient visits to the emergency room each year. Deaths related to prescription drug use are on the rise, and many of these deaths are the result of drug misuse or drug mixing. Many drugs react adversely when combined with other prescription drugs or street drugs. Common reactions include the following

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Seizures

In other instances, drug use causes the user to pass out or impairs judgment, both of which can lead to accidental death.

How Are Sedative Drugs Dangerous?

Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and dangerous sedative drugs that include the following products:

  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Klonopin

Barbiturates such as pentobarbital (Nembutal) and secobarbital (Seconal) are equally dangerous. Besides being addictive, it is possible to easily overdose on these medicines, and their negative effects are increased when combined with other drugs. Dangers of sedative drugs include the following:

  • Impaired judgment
  • Lowered reactivity time that can lead to accidents
  • Becoming dangerously sedated and vulnerable to traumatic experiences such as rape, robbery or injury
  • Death

The dangers of sedative drugs are magnified when used in conjunction with alcohol.

How Are Stimulant Drugs Dangerous?

Stimulant drugs include the following substances:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Adderall
  • Ritalin

These drugs can create panic attacks or anxiety in the user. They can increase paranoid thoughts and they can cause the user to make dangerous decisions. Stimulant use can lead to manic behavior which can cause users to spend money recklessly, act out abnormally or try dangerous activities. Stimulants can lead to death by heart attack or high blood pressure, and overdoses are common and can occur unexpectedly.

How Are Hallucinogenic Drugs Dangerous?

Hallucinogenic drugs include the following:

  • LSD
  • Mushrooms (shrooms)
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana

Use of hallucinogenic drugs can lead to erratic or risk-taking behavior. Even the mildest hallucinogenic drugs are illegal and can lead to arrests and potential jail time.

Need Addiction Treatment Help?

Are you worried about the dangers of your or a loved one’s drug addiction? We offer a confidential, toll-free helpline that is staffed by caring phone counselors to help you learn more about addiction treatment therapy and your recovery options. We can help get you in touch with the treatment center of your choice.

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