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Substance Abuse TreatmentSubstance abuse is common in Anchorage. Although most people identify substance abuse with illegal drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs are also frequently identified with substance abuse.

Commonly Abused Drugs in Anchorage

A recent study performed by the University of Alaska, using information from the ADAM program (Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring,, indicated the drugs most frequently used before people were arrested. The following is a list of these drugs in order of popularity:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamine

Although the ADAM program solicits inmates with questioning and urine samples regarding their illegal drug use, alcoholism and pharmaceutical drug addiction are also prevalent. The common thread in all of these drugs and why they are often abused is simply availability.

Why Are These Drugs So Addictive?

Many Anchorage addicts are abusing drugs to mask physical or mental pain. If a drug has the ability to alter reality because of its effects, then drug use may become desirable by someone that seeks to escape.

Another reason drugs are so addictive is that the body can gradually build tolerance. When Anchorage residents use a substance, the brain releases endorphins and other chemicals that give off a sense of euphoria or contentedness. As time goes on, it takes more drugs produce these effects.

Not only can addicts build a tolerance to the drug’s feel-good effects, the body also becomes dependent on the drugs themselves. For example, alcoholics who try to quit cold turkey can actually become extremely sick, as the body has become dependent. This is why it’s important for Anchorage addicts to get proper rehab treatment that have regimental programs to gradually wean addicts from their substance.

How Do I Know If I Need Addiction Help?

If you can’t go through a day in Anchorage without thinking about drugs or alcohol and what you need to do to get it, then chances are you may need help. Other factors may also indicate that you have a problem, since they often feed on each other, such as co-existing mental health issues like bipolar disorder or depression.

If your relationships have become strained, you have poor job performance and are isolated as a result of your habit, this may also indicate that you need to do something about your abuse and/or addiction.

Substance Abuse Treatment Options for Anchorage Residents

There are several options for Anchorage residents seeking rehab. The first and most important step is the want to change. Regardless of your family, friends or even a judge ordering you to rehab, you have to desire help and must not be motivated by only outside influences.

If you are ready to get out of your addiction, call your doctor or find an addiction specialist that can give you a proper addiction assessment. This will allow an expert to identify specifics within your addiction to help you find the type of rehab program that is best for you. Traditional, holistic and adventure rehab clinics are all examples of programs that have high success rates. They offer supportive, caring and non-judging formats in which you can succeed.

Anchorage Addiction Help

If you live in Anchorage and think your substance abuse has gone too far, please give us a call today. We offer expert advice, guiding you towards making the right decisions for your recovery. We are here to help you. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline now, and begin recovery today.