Addiction Treatment

Addictions that Eat your Body and Mind

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most addictions are debilitating but some are more devastating than others. These addictions become uncontrollable very quickly, ruining both your health and your life. They are the most devastating to you, your family, and your friends.


Alcohol is not only one of the most common addictions, it is one that devastates the user and their family. When you are on alcohol, you are capable of just about any action. Many alcoholics are abusive and violent to the people who are closest to them.

Not only are the behavioral effects damaging, it also damages the mind and body. Alcohol causes:

  • dementia
  • liver damage
  • kidney damage
  • brain damage
  • damage to the central nervous system

Alcohol is capable of damaging almost every system in the body with long term use.


Methamphetamine is considered to be one of the most physically destructive addictions. It causes massive wasting of the body and mind. People who use meth heavily find that:

Much of this damage is permanent, if you do not stop using meth.


Heroin makes you stop doing everything except for obtaining and using the heroin. The dangers of this particular drug lay in its addictive qualities and secondary infections. People who use heroin find that:

These issues are coupled with:

  • HIV from using dirty needles or unprotected sex
  • Hepatitis from dirty needles and unsanitary conditions
  • bacterial or viral infections from poor nutrition and unclean injection sites


People addicted to inhalants usually are not addicted very long. Inhalants kill very quickly and cause massive damage to the brain. Some long term brain damage that are attributed to inhalant use are:

  • cognitive impairment
  • learning disabilities
  • short term memory loss
  • inability to form short term memories
  • damage to the speech centers of the brain

Most people who are addicted to inhalants die from asphyxiation shortly or suffer from long term brain damage shortly after starting their addiction.


PCP is an extremely damaging drug particularly after long term use. It causes a variety of neurological disorders such as:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • organic dementia
  • chronic hallucinations

All of these are indicative of the degeneration of neural pathways in the brain.

Find Help for Any One of These Addictions

Many of the most damaging effects of these drugs are long term but can be corrected by seeking treatment for the addiction.

How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.

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