“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
– Helen Keller, a true model for overcoming strife.
There are two major types of substance abuse...
Illicit Substance Abuse
These are drugs that are used by individuals that are trying to obtain a high, altered perception of reality or feelings of relaxation and happiness. The drugs cause desired short-term disruptions in the brain, but they also cause undesirable long-term changes to the brain and other vital organs in the body, leading to drug addiction. Common illicit drugs include Heroin, Cocaine/Crack, Fentanyl and Methamphetamines.
Prescription Substance Abuse
Prescription drugs are approved medications used to treat symptoms of diseases and other medical conditions. Even when used as prescribed, they can cause physical changes that can lead to addiction. When they’re used in any way other than as prescribed by a doctor, the likelihood of prescription drug addiction drastically increases. Common prescription drugs abused are Opioids, Benzodiazepines, Amphetamines, and Sedatives.