Like alcoholism, drug use is a disease that affects millions of people and their loved ones. Addiction is not a matter of willpower, but rather an illness that requires professional help. At the Anthony Louis Center, we believe there is hope for anyone, even if they don’t proactively seek it themselves. Whether you’re suffering from a prescription drug addiction or dependent upon street drugs like cocaine and meth, our drug addiction treatment programs have helped thousands of teens in Minnesota find a new life.
How Many People Struggle with Drug Addiction in Minnesota?
In 2015, approximately 2 percent of Minnesota adults were drug abusers. Rates for drug and alcohol use consistently exceed the national average spawning statewide efforts for rehabilitation through a drug addiction treatment center.
Clear Warning Signs of Drug Abuse
The signs of drug abuse are dependent upon the type and frequency of the drug. Still, there are common physical and emotional behaviors to watch out for if you suspect someone you love is using drugs like—
- Depression and/or rage
- Fatigue or nausea
- Erratic behavior
Addiction to Heroin
Heroin is an opiate that can either be used recreationally or medicinally as a pain reliever. It is one of the strongest drugs on the black market with a single injection delivering triple the effects of morphine. Heroin users will have side effects that include slowed breathing, drowsiness, and euphoria.
Addiction to Meth
Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as simply “meth,” is a stimulant that controls the central nervous system. Side effects include sweating, hyperactivity, and loss of appetite. Repeated use can lead to “meth mouth,” which is a culmination of several side effects like dry mouth and tooth decay.
Addiction to Club Drugs
“Club drugs” is a broad term that spawned from the rave scene and can include any of the following drugs:
- LSD (“acid”)
- Magic mushrooms
Teens may be more susceptible to club drugs as opposed to others since they are often thought of as harmless and fun.
Addiction to Cocaine
Cocaine, or “coke,” is a stimulant usually snorted as a recreational drug. Effects may include loss of reality and enhanced feelings of happiness or an inflated ego.
Find an Anthony Louis Center in Minnesota
At the Anthony Louis Center, we understand that one size does not fit all. For more information on our drug rehab centers, contact us and we’ll schedule an assessment to gauge the client’s level of substance abuse and prepare for admission.