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Stages of Substance Use and Abuse

Substance abuse disorder is characterized by the presence of at least two of the 11 symptoms in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5). Showing six or more of the symptoms counts as a “severe” disorder that may require detox.

Warning signs may be different for men or women addicted to different types of drugs. Risky behaviors are often engaged in, and you may abandon work, home or family obligations. With any addiction, over time, you will require more of the substance to achieve the same results.

Warning Signs of Drug Abuse and Addiction That May Require Detox

Here are some of the most common symptoms of addiction for each type of drug:


Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

  • Dilated pupils
  • Runny nose/nosebleeds
  • Track marks
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Heart attacks/cardiac arrest
  • Excitement, irritability or aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations

If you have any of these symptoms, you may be in need of a cocaine detox program.

Symptoms of Crack Cocaine Addiction

  • Burns on lips or fingers
  • Leaving frequently to use more
  • Euphoria
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Paranoia/delusions
  • Antisocial behavior/agitation
  • Nervousness/distress
  • Insomnia
  • Singular focus on drug

If you use crack regularly and have any of these symptoms, you are in need of a crack detox program.

Symptoms of Methamphetamine (Meth) Addiction

  • Days or weeks of sleeplessness
  • Rapid weight/appetite loss
  • Unusually active/euphoric
  • Nervousness/anxiety
  • Dilated pupils
  • Overheating/sweating
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Rapid deterioration of health/appearance
  • Sores on skin
  • Hallucinations/delusions
  • Rotten/missing teeth
  • Abandonment of all obligations
  • Convulsions/cardiovascular collapse

If you use meth regularly and have any of these symptoms, you are in need of a meth detox program.

Symptoms of PCP Addiction

  • Violent, suicidal or aggressive behavior
  • Fear/paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Skin flushing/sweating
  • Withdrawn behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Problems with perception

If you use PCP regularly and have any of these symptoms, you are in need of a PCP detox program.




Symptoms of MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) Addiction

  • Long periods of sleeplessness
  • Heightened sensory/tactile perception
  • Overheating/excessive sweating or chills
  • Nausea
  • Involuntary teeth clenching/grinding
  • Dry mouth
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Extreme euphoria/energy
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Lack of awareness of pain
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Rapid decrease in cognitive function/memory
  • Muscle cramps/tension
  • Collapse
  • Organ breakdown/failure

If you use Ecstasy regularly and have any of these symptoms, you may be in need of an Ecstasy detox program.

Symptoms of Opioid or Prescription Drug Addiction (e.g., Heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin, Adderall)

  • Difficulty focusing
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Lack of awareness of pain
  • Nausea/constipation/diarrhea
  • Constricted pupils
  • “Nodding off,” slowed breathing
  • Flushed skin
  • Chest pain/heart palpitations
  • Slurred speech/lack of coordination

If you use or abuse prescription drugs regularly and have any of these symptoms, you may be in need of a prescription drug detox program.

Symptoms of Hallucinogen (LSD/Acid, Psilocybin) Addiction

  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of coordination/control
  • Delusions of power/grandeur
  • Euphoria
  • Time/space distortion
  • Severe hallucinations
  • Paranoia/confusion/panic
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Self-harm

If you use hallucinogens regularly and have any of these symptoms, you may be in need of a hallucinogen detox program.

Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

  • Bloodshot/red eyes
  • Compulsive eating
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Dry mouth
  • Inappropriate/uncontrollable laughter
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Apathy/lethargy
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Mood/behavior swings

If you use marijuana regularly and have any of these symptoms, you may be in need of a marijuana detox program.

Seattle’s Heroin Abuse Problem

The Seattle area has a long history of heroin addiction. This has worsened in recent years, largely due to the increase in prescription opioid use. When men, women or teens become addicted to prescription painkillers and cannot get more from the doctor, they are increasingly turning to the opiate heroin to satisfy their cravings.

Seattle’s heroin abuse has gotten so bad, city leaders are considering creating “safe use sites” for medically supervised heroin use and help with treatment. This is controversial, since nobody wants these sites in their backyard. Officials have discussed opening multiple or mobile sites in areas where use is highest, such as the downtown, University District, Capitol Hill, Ballard and Belltown neighborhoods.

In the meantime, the number of Seattle rehab admissions for heroin have doubled since 2010. Luckily, there are many excellent rehab programs in the Seattle area to help as well as superb Seattle heroin detox centers.

Detox Centers In Seattle

Medical Detox for Drug Addiction

If you are suffering from drug abuse and addiction, you will probably need to be admitted to an inpatient drug rehab center. Outpatient detox programs are available, but are rarely recommended. Inpatient detox must be supervised by medical and psychiatric personnel, as the symptoms of drug withdrawal can be severe—and even fatal.

Stages of Drug Withdrawal

The first stages can be some of the most physically uncomfortable. Sweating, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, aches and pains may occur.

Later stages can include violent or self-harming behavior, hallucinations and psychosis. You may become aware of pain, illness or injury sustained during drug use. A physician will need to assess you over time to identify which symptoms are due to drug withdrawals, and which are from co-occurring physical or mental illnesses.

Drug Detox Timeline

The length and severity of drug detoxification will depend on many factors, including how long you were abusing the substance, the combination and potency of drugs used and the drug half-life. In some cases, psychological and physical side effects may be permanent.

Prescription Painkiller/Opioid Detox

Detox from opioids is a little different, due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Medication is often prescribed to gradually ease you off of the drug. Methadone, buprenorphine and naloxone are FDA-approved medications that Seattle detox centers commonly use.

Drug Rehab and Detox Programs in Washington State

If you’re ready to take the next step in your recovery, Kick Addiction can find the drug detox program that’s right for you. The Seattle area is home to many excellent detox, inpatient, outpatient, sober living, counseling and support services.

In the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, there is a drug detox center just for women, with special services for pregnant women. Another women’s inpatient facility can be found in the nearby city of Kirkland. In Seattle’s Beacon Hill area, there’s a detox, rehab and sober living facility for men. And there are programs just for teens in the Rainier Valley and Lake City neighborhoods, as well as in nearby Kirkland and Burien.

Finally, there are 12-step support group meetings held throughout the Seattle area. These groups provide the community and support you need for a successful, long-term recovery.

At Kick Addiction, we understand the pain of substance abuse, and are here to help. Contact us today to complete your free, personalized assessment. We’ll help you find a Seattle detox program that meets your needs, and start on the path to health, happiness and recovery.

Kick Addiction services include drug addiction treatment, detox & rehab, as well as alcoholism treatment, alcohol detox and and rehab. Services extend from Everett to Kirkland & Bellevue on the north end of Seattle, to Federal Way, Tacoma, and Olympia on the south end.