Drug Abuse - Street, Designer and Prescription Drugs

Drugs have been used for thousands of years to produce a mind-altering affect for use in religious rituals and ceremonies. Since the 1960s, however, millions of Americans have used them to relax, reduce mental or physical pain, or to relieve anxiety, depression and other uncomfortable emotions. 

The medical and mental health community is increasingly recognizing that there is a great deal of overlap between mental illness and substance use. Approximately one-third of individuals with a mental illness are also addicted to drugs or alcohol. 

Chemical addiction is a life long, chronic condition. The key characteristics of an addiction are the repeated use of the chemical substance, the loss of control over how much or how often, and the continued use despite the consequences. 

Cocaine and crack cocaine use remains high. marijuana remains the most common illegal drug on college campuses. LSD and heroine use is growing among high school youths. Elementary students are now experimenting with drugs. Well over ten million individuals in the United States use drugs to the point that their lives are highly compromised, and millions more become high on a regular basis. 

There is a growing reform in the country around the sale and use of marijuana.  Some states have legalized it and others are looking to pass legislation.   It is discussed often on radio and television.  Studies point to its use being less destructive than alcohol and cigarettes.  Time will tell on its destructive properties, but it appears that marijuana use is viewed as less destructive than the corruption of the sale and cost of incarceration.

Drugs of Abuse

Amphetamines - Long-term risks include chest pain; heart arrhythmias; seizures; ulcers; depression; paranoia; brain damage; sexual dysfunction; stroke; heart failure and violent behavior.
Cannabis (marijuana and hashish) - Long-term risks include impaired thinking, perception, coordination and memory; increased heart rate; high blood pressure; depressed immunity; bronchitis and lung cancer.
Cocaine and Crack Cocaine - Long-term risks include extreme suspiciousness; violence; damage to blood vessels; seizures; high blood pressure; chest pain; heart attacks; stroke; intracranial hemorrhage; hepatitis; HIV disease and heart infection.
Hallucinogens (LSD, mescaline) - Long-term effects include disturbing flashbacks and delusional disorder.
Inhalants - Long-term effects include hepatitis; liver failure; kidney failure; respiratory impairment irregular heartbeat; destruction of the bone marrow, and stupor and coma.
Opioids (opium, morphine, heroin, synthetic narcotics) - Long-term effects include malnutrition; lowered immunity; infection of heard lining; hepatitis; HIV disease; liver disease; coma and fatal overdose.
Phencyclidine (PCP) - Long-term effects are psychosis; increased danger of injury or harm to others due to impulsively, aggressiveness and violence; coma; convulsions; heart and lung failure; ruptured blood vessels in the brain; suicide and death.
Sedative-hypnotic and anti-anxiety drugs (prescription drugs) - Long-term effects include stupor; coma; fatal overdose or fatal reaction to sudden withdrawal. 

Symptoms of drug abuse are:  

  • Uses more of an illegal drug or a prescription medication or uses longer than intended
  • Repeatedly and unsuccessfully tries to cut down or control drug use
  • Takes drugs to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms
  • Continues to use drugs even though they cause or worsen social or personal problems
  • Uses drugs in dangerous ways
  • Gives up or reduces social, work, or recreational activities because of drug use
  • Spends too much time seeking drugs, getting drugs, taking drugs or recovering from using drugs
  • Being high or feels so bad after using drugs that a normal life-style can't be maintained
  • Experiences drug related legal problems

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  • Most essential is our core competence in recovery. We maintain an experienced team advancing our company-wide objective for highly applicable and cost effective mental health treatment.
  • We know how to manage a crisis.  We provide a rapid response to any situation as we can quickly evaluate the problem stabilize the condition and anticipate a positive outcome.
  • We apply our skills and expertise to help motivate individuals and groups to work together for the betterment of communities. 
  • Our client community is diverse and varied.  This diversity is reflected in our treatment staff allowing for healthy therapeutic relationships to develop.
  • We understand that other people's feelings are central to emotional well-being. Modeling this philosophy is essential for success. Our treatment programs focus on social awareness - the ability to understand and respond to the needs of others.

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  • Everyone made me feel welcome; the staff and clients from my first day. If I felt lost or confused I was pointed in the right direction or was given information to answer my questions. I had time to get adjusted to everything without feeling hurried.

  • All aspects of the program were special. The staff was kind well trained professional and experienced. Treatment was tailored to each person’s needs complemented by group therapy. My transformation has been wonderful.

  • InnerWisdom provided an approach to treatment that renewed my spirit mind and body. I would recommend the program to any of my family and friends. The environment is nurturing for anyone needing an environment for recovery.

  • I am very grateful that my treatment was at InnerWisdom Inc. This place is very special and that is because of the staff and caring environment.

  • Fabulous treatment program! Can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to come here.

  • Inner Wisdom has a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) where patients meet in groups with a therapist on a daily schedule. Patients have a variety of mental illness diagnoses including Bipolar Disorder Schizoaffective disorder Schizophrenia and substance abuse which interfere with their ability to live a full and productive life. Students will have the opportunity to shadow therapists facilitate therapy groups and Psychoeducation groups meet individually with patients and understand the case management required by Medicare and private insurance companies. Students work under a variety of therapists and can observe different styles and strengths. A strong team approach is encouraged. Students have the opportunity to get direct experience with patients and to use their skills creatively in offering therapy.

    Bonnie Fall
    Former Student Intern