What we treat
Drug Addiction and Chemical Dependency
Drugs are addictive substances that, when ingested, cause a physiological change in the body. In essence, they change the way the body and brain handle communication and process information. Long-term or excessive use of any drug causes alterations in the body and brain that lead to substance abuse disorders.
The effects of addictive drugs can vary widely, and these different types of substances can be broken down into a number of categories. Stimulants, such as tobacco, cocaine, or amphetamines, will stimulate the brain and nervous system, leading to an increased sense of alertness.
Depressants like alcohol, marijuana, and opioids, slow down the brain and nervous system. Then there are hallucinogens, like LSD and PCP, which disrupt the communication between the brain and nervous system, leading to hallucinations.
If you or a loved one are suffering from chemical dependency, don’t hesitate to get help today. The experienced, judgement-free staff at ARC are ready to help you start on a path toward recovery. Or, keep reading for more information on the addictions we treat.