The longer an addiction lasts, the greater the effects on an individual. Long-term substance use can cause certain types of cancer and damages to the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems.
There is also a clear link between substance abuse and depression, as well as other mood disorders. This association can be caused by a pre-existing, co-occurring disorder that led to substance use, or it can be brought on by changes in the brain caused by substance use.
Withdrawal from different types of drugs, such as depressants (alcohol), stimulants (cocaine) or opioids (heroin), result in different side effects and thus require different approaches to detox. We understand the physical and emotional challenges of detox, which is why our clinical and medical teams take time to create individualized detox plans for each client that prioritize comfort, safety and family support.