Types of Drug Abuse in Oregon

There are nearly as many types of drug abuse as there are substances to misuse. Fortunately, North Coast Recovery in Astoria, Oregon, can help the residents of Astoria and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country identify the type of drug abuse they are suffering from and then come up with an effective treatment plan.

Legal Drug Abuse

Just because a substance is legally obtained does not mean you cannot develop a problem with it. Alcohol is only one example of a legal substance that is widely abused. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that 17.6 million people in the United States abuse alcohol or are dependent on it.

Prescription medication abuse is also on the rise, as the Foundation for a Drug-Free World reports that 15 million Americans abuse these drugs. One reason for this may be that prescription drugs are often thought of as being safer than street varieties. Nearly half of all teenagers surveyed reported that they believe this to be true.

Over-the-counter drugs may sometimes be abused, particularly those containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient often found in cough and cold medicines. Weight-loss pills containing stimulants are often misused as well. Many people believe over-the-counter medications to be safer than prescriptions, and may, therefore, take these drugs more often or in higher amounts than recommended. A physical dependency and long-term health problems could result from doing so.

Illegal Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that illicit drug use is on the rise. In 2013, nearly 9.4 percent of the population reported that they had used an illegal drug in the past month. Marijuana is the most commonly used drug, with the number of people using it steadily increasing over the past decade. More than half of all drug users begin with marijuana and then progress to more dangerous substances, such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine.

Substance Abuse

Many commonly abused substances are not considered drugs but instead, fall into a category known as inhalants. Inhalants are everyday products that produce chemical vapors, which produce a type of high when inhaled. Some common examples of inhalants include solvents, deodorant, hair spray, and lighter fluid.

While inhaling fumes seems harmless enough, serious health problems could result, including organ damage. Individuals could even suffer disrupted heart rhythms leading to cardiac arrest the very first-time inhalants are used. Although physical dependence on inhalants is uncommon, users may nonetheless become psychologically addicted and require professional treatment in order to stop using.

Here at North Coast Recovery, we have treatment programs available for those who are abusing:

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  • Licensed treatment facility in the state of Oregon
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Long and short-term programs available
  • Gender-specific programs
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Contact North Coast Recovery Today

Here at North Coast Recovery, we are familiar with the various types of drug abuse and have a number of treatment plans designed to address each type. Conveniently located in Astoria, Oregon, we are a highly rated treatment facility that serves residents of Astoria and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Our programs provide a wide range of treatments with a track record of effectiveness to help people overcome addiction. Please contact us today to find out more about how North Coast Recovery can serve you.