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What Abuses We Treat

At La Mirada Watch-Tower our highly trained team can treat any substance abuse. Substance abuse refers to the overuse of drugs (legal and illegal, prescription and non-prescription), household items used as drugs (such as glue and inhalants), and alcohol. We do not treat eating disorders, sex addiction, screen addiction, or any addiction not centered around toxic substances. If we discover that any other addictions or disorders are present or comorbid with substance addiction during treatment, we will first treat the substance abuse and then refer you to other trusted centers for further treatment. Below is a list of some of the most popular types of substance abuse we treat. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, and if you do not see a particular substance abuse listed here it does not mean we do not treat it. Please call us with any questions, or set up a free consultation meeting in person, via phone, or Skype with one of our professionals to determine if La Mirada Watch-Tower is the right place for your needs.

  1. Opioids

Opioids come in legal and illegal forms and are usually pain relief narcotics. The name opioids come from the opium plant from which some opiates are derived. There are many entirely synthetic, human-made opioids as well that have no relation to the opium plant but are still classified as opioids due to their effects. Opioids can slow breathing and heartbeat to a dangerous and even deadly point. The opioids classification includes heroin, methadone, Fentanyl, Gray Death, Codeine, Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hycodan), morphine, Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Hydromorphone, and more.

  1. Stimulants

Central nervous system stimulant drugs, like opioids, come in legal and illegal forms. CNS drugs are typically used to improve focus, increase alertness and energy of the user. CNS drugs can cause intoxication, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sweating, hyperventilation, panic attacks, anxiety, irritability, and paranoia. While opioids cause the heartbeat and breathing to slow to dangerously low rates, central nervous stimulant drugs work the opposite way by speeding the heart rate to dangerous and even deadly rates. Central nervous system stimulant drugs include cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, nicotine, caffeine, MDMA/ecstasy, prescription drugs for ADD/ADHD (Ritalin, Adderall, Focalin, etc.), and more.

  1. Depressants

Central nervous system depressant drugs are the opposite of stimulant drugs. Like opioids and stimulants, there are legal and illegal forms. CNS depressants are divided into two groups – barbiturates and benzodiazepines. While stimulants act to increase brain activity, depressants work to slow it down. CNS depressants affect the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) to decrease brain activity, producing a calming effect or inducing sleep. Barbiturates include mephobarbital (Mebaral) and pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal), which are used in the treatment of anxiety, tension, and sleep problems. Benzodiazepines include diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide HCl (Librium), and alprazolam (Xanax), which are prescribed in the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, and panic attacks. Other Benzodiazepines include estazolam (ProSom), which has a more sedating effect and is prescribed for short-term treatment of sleep disorders.

More detailed info about different kinds of substance abuse and their effects you can also find here.