Drug addictions affect people from all walks of life. Today, prescription drug addiction is increasingly common and often leads to illegal substance abuse. Party drugs like MDMA and Ketamine can also lead to dependency. Unfortunately, substance abuse disproportionately affects the LGBTQ community. Some develop addiction through prolonged social use. Others self-medicate to cope with social and family pressures. Many in the community attempt to detox at home. Often, at-home drug detox is ineffective and dangerous. Drug detox programs around the country and right here in Southern California can help.
Call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center today for compassionate LGBTQ cutting-edge detox and mental health programs. Begin drug detox and rehabilitation today by calling us at 888.903.9898.
Signs of Drug Abuse
Drug abuse is increasingly common. Medications like prescription painkillers and stimulants affect the brain. Most of these substances supply the brain with a rush of dopamine, the “joy” chemical. Dopamine makes us feel joy and elation. It is also highly motivating. These drugs also increase GABA production, a chemical that calms the nervous system. Over time, extended use of drugs like Vicodin, benzos, and other prescription drugs can lead to further drug use. Drugs like heroin and meth are often snorted, smoked, or injected, which can cause collapsed veins, tooth decay, and nasal problems. All of these drugs alter brain chemistry, making them especially hard to quit. Common signs of prescription and nonprescription drug abuse include:
- Changes in mood
- Weight loss
- Nightmares and night terrors
- Change in speech and language abilities
- Physical symptoms like tremors and increased heart rate
- Lying and manipulation
- Drug-seeking behavior
Changes in mood and erratic behavior are often the first signs of addiction. Physical signs may take longer to develop and are easier to spot when someone is smoking or injecting a substance. Changes in financial stability and withdrawal from relationships are also common signs. If you notice any of the above signs in a loved one, seek help today from a drug detox program.
How Long Does Drug Detox Last?
Drug detox programs vary by individual and facility. Many rehab facilities house residents for 30, 60, or 90 days. In these inpatient programs, residents couple medically assisted detox and recovery with various types of therapy. Group, family, and individual therapy programs help people address addiction triggers and heal from harmful thought patterns.
The initial days and weeks of drug detox vary by person. Early detox and withdrawal symptoms can last a few days or weeks. Sometimes withdrawal symptoms become chronic. This is called PAWS or post-acute withdrawal syndrome. PAWS can happen to anyone, which is why it’s best to detox at a reputable detox center where doctors and nurses can provide appropriate medical support.
Drug Use in the LGBTQ Community
Sadly, drug and alcohol abuse is increasingly common in the LGBTQ community. Whether someone is self-medicating or has developed an addiction through social partying, many people in the community struggle to find a safe detox program. Many also have lost family support networks, leaving them alone in their addiction. At La Fuente, many of our staff members understand the trials of detox because they are in recovery themselves. We believe in creating a safe, inclusive space to heal individuals in order to heal the LGBTQ community.
Begin Drug Detox at La Fuente Hollywood Today!
If you or someone you know in the LGBTQ community needs addiction support, call La Fuente. Our Southern California-based detox center is on the cutting edge of LGBTQ drug detox and mental health support. La Fuente offers a variety of programs, including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and an alumni program. We are ready to help you and the LGBTQ community grow stronger through sobriety. Don’t wait. Call La Fuente today at 888.903.9898 to speak with an intake specialist.