Missouri like other places in the world, experiences substance abuse, which not only ruins the lives of the particular individuals abusing the drugs but compromises the lives of other people, breaks the social fabric and the economy of the place.
Substances which are commonly abused are prescription and recreational drugs: stimulants, depressants and psychedelics.
Stimulants are those chemical substances which increase the body and brain activity such as cocaine, methamphetamine (commonly referred to as crystal meth, meth, glass, crystal etc), Ritalin, nicotine and caffeine among others.
Hallucinogens are those drugs which alter thinking and they include marijuana and phencyclidine (PCP) among others.
Depressants are those drugs which slow the central nervous system and the brain by attaching on to the receptacle in the CNS and brain to block or distort signals reaching the brain. These drugs include: alcohol, buprenorphine, Opana, Hydrocodone, acetaminophen, Lortab, Tramadol, Fentanyl etc.
Alcohol belongs to the depressant psychoactive drug category. It is also a recreational drug which is frequently available in pubs, malls and restaurants among many other places. It is abused for the effects it has of slowing down body and brain; reduces breathing, numbs pain, reduces concentration, reduces balance, reduces vision and other senses, causes loss of sleep and appetite etc.
Alcohol abuse can only be defined as the extreme and unregulated intake of the drink because it is a recreational drug and does not have any particular instructions on how it should be taken.
Prolonged use and abuse of alcohol increases tolerance – which is reduced effects of the drug on the brain and the body. This causes the abuser/user to more and more quantities of it in order to get the intensity of effects previously produced by smaller quantities. Increased tolerance leads to addiction which is characterized by withdrawal symptoms; because the drug has already formed a physical and psychological compulsion.
Alcoholism intervention and interventionist
Alcoholism has major adverse effects on the health of individuals as well on the lives of those close to the addicts. As such, Missouri has a number of centers and facilities through which treatment is provided to help people off the drug.
Any medical or social substance abuse interventionist in the treatment center must have a non-judgment attitude towards the alcoholics (and other addicts) as well as having an optimistic view that the alcoholic and other substance addicts can actually be treated.
For any substance addiction, treatment and rehabilitation must entail physical detoxification and ample counseling to help the addicts get off the drugs safely.
Physical detoxification, also called detox, is the process of withdrawing the drug and treating the resulting withdrawal symptoms with another drug to prevent the body and brain from shutting down under the absence of the drug.
Counseling of addicts is carried out by qualified substance abuse counselors; who help the addicts address all social, spiritual, physical, financial etc issues which have contributed to their drug and abuse and consequent addiction.
Though hotlines and treatment facilities, one can find information about how to stage a substance abuse intervention. This is a very sensitive and sometimes tricky matter, and much care should be taken. This is highly suggested for anyone looking to intervene into the life of a loved one, if they aren’t sure of how to approach the meeting.
This is a process that can have numerous outcomes, and essentially, for anyone looking to carry this out, all you can do is the best you can, and at the same time, if you see someone who has a problem, it is somewhat your duty to make an attempt to help them, as addiction can get progressively worse.
This process is ideally well planned out, and an interventionist can guide the meeting to assure the objectives are adhered to as to avoid emotions being flared and derailing the initial purpose, which can also make the situation worse. This has been a proven method for helping many who suffer from substance abuse in seeing they have a problem, accepting help, and in many cases essentially saving their lives.