Attention Deficit (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons, but it is clear that our society pays a significant cost. The toll for this abuse can be seen in our hospitals and emergency departments through direct damage to health by substance abuse and its link to physical trauma. Jails and prisons tally daily the strong connection between crime and drug dependence and abuse. Although use of some drugs such as cocaine has declined, use of other drugs such as “0xycodeine” has increased. Finding effective treatment for and prevention of substance abuse has been difficult. Through research, we now have a better understanding of the behavior. Studies have made it clear that drug education and prevention aimed at children and adolescents offers the best chance to curb abuse nationally.
Abused substances produce some form of intoxication that alters judgment, perception, attention, or physical control. Many substances can bring on withdrawal effect caused by cessation or reduction in the amount of the substance used. Withdrawal can range from mild anxiety to seizures and hallucinations. Drug overdose may also cause death.
Nearly all these drugs also can produce a phenomenon known as tolerance where you must use a larger amount of the drug to produce the same level of intoxication.
Most substances abusers believe they can stop using drugs on their own, but a majority who try do not succeed. Research shows that long-term drug use alters brain function and strengthens compulsions to use drugs. This craving continues even after your drug use stops. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. In Juneau go to: Juneau Mental Health Directory.
For more information on Substance Abuse go to:
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence;Juneau, Alaska
Alaska Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs and Addiction Treatment Centers
OxyContin: Prescription Drug Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse; For Teens
American Psychological Association
Online AA Recovery Resources
Women for Sobriety, Inc
Adult Children, Al-Anon
Alaska Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Dual Diagnosis and Integrated Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorder
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Drug Rehab 101
In the Rooms; Get Support On-line
Drug Rehab.org (Non-Profit Referral Source)
Parents. The Anti-Drug
Teen Drug Abuse