While opioids and alcohol substance use disorders remain in the headlines and contribute to a large number of personal and societal complications, other drugs like benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine, and amphetamines also contribute to the overall statistical abnormalities that make up substance use disorders.
Marijuana is used widely among adolescents and promotes a strong sense of euphoria, leading to dependence or addiction. As a gateway drug, it often leads users to experiment with other substances that offer similar or stronger senses of euphoria.
Benzodiazepines, prescription drugs used to treat anxiety and seizures, work by calming the brain and promoting a tranquil mood. They are fast acting and, like opioids, lead to dependence and addiction. Cocaine and amphetamines also carry major risks for dependence, addiction, and negative long-term effects. Prescription amphetamines (Adderall), are commonly used for attention deficit disorder because of the calming and focusing effects but can be misused by taking increased doses or without a prescription. Likewise, cocaine and methamphetamine will cause an individual to seem extremely alert and have increased energy along with increased heart rate and blood pressure. These drugs have harsh effects once they run their course, with users experiencing severe anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.
Our approach is always to treat the whole body through the combination of medication and patient-specific counseling.
Not all substance use disorders have on-label or FDA approved medications for treatment. Pathway Healthcare uses evidence-based approaches and closely monitors the latest treatments coming available for all substance use disorders. If you are suffering from dependence to benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine, or amphetamines, we recommend consulting a Pathway Healthcare physician to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Counseling is an integral part of Pathway Healthcare’s MAT Plus® treatment program, especially when a substance use disorder does not have a specific drug indicated for treatment. If you are suffering from dependence to benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine, or amphetamines, our counselors can help you. Medication alone is helpful, but positive outcomes are improved when paired with individual, patient specific counseling. Patients will enjoy our ongoing behavioral counseling, through our outpatient services. Additionally, through our partner network, patients will have access to community, faith based, and intensive outpatient services.