Drugs are naturally occurring or synthetic substances which change the chemical composition of body’s cells. This affects the way the cells function and hence affect the overall functioning of the body and mind.
There are recreational and prescription drugs. Recreational drugs are taken for leisure and have no intake instructions. Prescription drugs, on the other hand, are drugs which are issued for treating diseases and as such are prescribed by doctors/ pharmacists to people and have usage instructions (how much should be taken, when, and for how long as well as what to be avoided when taking the medication).
Drug abuse is a term used to refer to any intake of any substance in quantities/conditions which over amplify its effect; making it more toxic to the body and brain. It is also the unauthorized intake of prescription drugs as well as extreme intake of recreational drugs.
Alcohol is a depressant drug of the psychoactive drug class. It slows the body and mind’s functioning inducing: dizziness, reducing concentration, reducing the ability of the mind to perceive the physical and emotional reality around the person etc.
Its abuse comprises: underage drinking, drinking and driving and engaging in other activities which, due to the distorted thinking, might endanger the life of the person or others, taking too much of the drink which overworks the body and brain as it tries to detoxify etc.
Prolonged abusive intake of alcohol increases tolerance, develops physical dependence and then addiction. Addiction forces the person to essentially need alcohol as cutting back or stopping Buy Levitra causes withdrawal symptoms (which can be at times be mere discomforts and at times can be threatening to one’s physical and mental health).
Alcoholism has many adverse effects, in addition to affecting the physical and mental health of the addict, it ruins their social, professional and familial relationships; as the alcoholics often become irresponsible and have to be taken care of instead of taking care of others. As such, it is important to put into place effective interventions to curb substance abuse and reduce its impact.
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Oklahoma has many centers, both educational and rehabilitative, which help assist people to make an informed decision to stay off alcohol as well as help those already involved to get off safely. Treatment of alcoholism involves counseling and detoxification.
This is the process through which the alcoholic stops drinking. This is done by withdrawing the drink from the person, and since this is hampered by the presence of the resulting withdrawal symptoms (when the drink is reduced or withdrawn completely), certain medications are often needed to treat the withdrawals.
The choice of the medication is made on the basis of the withdrawal symptoms and their intensity. Its use is also guided by the presence and intensity of withdrawals; such that its use is stopped when the withdrawal are under control.
Counseling is important in understanding an alcoholic’s specific needs and hence helps them address all or most of the underlying issues to their alcohol abuse and addiction. This helps them stay off the drink, once treated, to avoid a relapse.