Some programs, such as intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP), require that the patient attend the center 3 to 5 times per week, for several hours each day.Other programs are less intensive and require a commitment of a couple times a week, for 1 to 2 hours each session.They also valued the facility’s offerings (comforts, amenities, facility housing) far more after finishing treatment.
Factors that influence the nature and severity of symptoms that are experienced may depend on a person’s age, gender, individual physiology, genetic make-up, and mental health condition, as well as environmental factors related to the family, school, and neighborhood.
And while some side effects are relatively mild, many abused substances lend themselves to severe and life-threatening outcomes, particularly as a person’s pattern of use progresses.
The short-term effects may depend on the amount used, the potency of purity of the substance, and whether it is mixed or used in combination with any other mind-altering substances.
Drugs and alcohol can affect a person’s thinking, mood, energy level, and perception.
There is also a condition called “sudden sniffing death” that may occur shortly after inhalant use that is likely due to the acute development of a fatal arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or a heart attack.
Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can have disastrous long-term physical and mental health consequences.
Addiction is characterized by compulsive use despite negative consequences.
People who suffer from an addiction are unable to control their use and may experience significant impairment in their daily lives.
Heroin is commonly injected or snorted (and sometimes smoked), while opioid painkillers are most often taken orally, yet may also be crushed and snorted, or mixed with liquid solution and injected.