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Alcohol / Drug Abuse

Depending on the actual substance, drug misuse including alcohol may lead to health problems, social problems, morbidity, injuries, unprotected sex, violence, deaths, motor vehicle accidents, homicides, suicides, physical dependence or psychological addiction.

There is a high rate of suicide in alcoholics and drug abusers. The reasons believed to cause the increased risk of suicide include the long-term abuse of alcohol and drugs causing physiological distortion of brain chemistry as well as the social isolation. Another factor is the acute intoxicating effects of the drugs may make suicide more likely to occur. Suicide is also very common in adolescent alcohol abusers, with 1 in 4 suicides in adolescents being related to alcohol abuse. In the USA approximately 30 percent of suicides are related to alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse is also associated with increased risks of committing criminal offences including child abuse, domestic violence, rapes, burglaries and assaults.

Drug abuse affects the central nervous system (CNS), which produce changes in mood, levels of awareness or perceptions and sensations. Drug abuse, including alcohol and prescription drugs can induce symptomatically which resembles mental illness. This can occur both in the intoxicated state and also during the withdrawal state. In some cases these substance induced psychiatric disorders can persist long after detoxification, such as prolonged psychosis or depression after amphetamine or cocaine abuse. A protracted withdrawal syndrome can also occur with symptoms persisting for months after cessation of use.Benzodiazepines are the most notable drug for inducing prolonged withdrawal effects with symptoms sometimes persisting for years after cessation of use. Abuse of hallucinogens can trigger delusional and other psychotic phenomena long after cessation of use and cannabis may trigger panic attacks during intoxication and with use it may cause a state similar todysthymia. Severe anxiety and depression are commonly induced by sustained alcohol abuse which in most cases abates with prolonged abstinence. Even moderate alcohol sustained use may increase anxiety and depression levels in some individuals. In most cases these drug induced psychiatric disorders fade away with prolonged abstinence.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU

NameTown24/7 NumberBusiness NumberWebsite
24 Hour Addiction Help Line Anywhere 800-559-9503   
Drug Rehabilitation Hot Line Anywhere 866-323-5608   
Family Resource Center  Cadillac  231-775-7299 http://www.cadillacoasis-frc.org/ 
Staircase Youth Services Cadillac 888-267-6086   
Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services Cadillac 800-686-0749  https://www.nmsas.net/ 
OASIS Cadillac  231-775-7233  
Christian Drug Rehab Cadillac \ Traverse City  231-779-2006  
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Cadillac \ Traverse City 800-442-7315 800-337-8598 http://www.northernlakescmh.org/ 
Women’s Resource Center Traverse City  231-941-1210 www.womensresourcecenter.org 
Third Level Crisis Center Traverse City 800-442-7315 231-922-4800 www.thirdlevel.org 
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