Drug Info

Drug Info

Symptoms of Specific Drugs Used

Different physical effects, The symptoms of addiction are the same no matter the substance
Wits Inn Recovery has experience with all types of drug use and addiction.  Below is but a small sampling of the types of drugs people can become addicted too.  Understanding the type of drug and the possible health risks can help you and your loved ones better understand how and why and individual may become addicted to these and other substances. 949-292-2000 Contact Us For Help Today! 


Alcohol, which is legal for people over the age of 21 to buy and consume, has the potential to become addictive, and threaten the lives of the addict, their loved ones, and in some cases, the people around them such as drunk driving incidents.  Alcohol addiction can have serious health consequences.  These include, among many others, cirrhosis of the liver and brain damage. Alcohol Abuse Treatment
Alcohol abuse treatment is a process, because alcohol abuse treatment is tackling a powerful disease known as alcoholism. Alcohol abuse treatment has many different aspects and stages to it. Alcohol abuse treatment saves lives daily. It is extremely important that any alcoholic get admitted to some type of alcohol abuse treatment. There are a few different types of alcohol abuse treatment.

There is short-term and long-term alcohol abuse treatment. There is inpatient and outpatient alcohol abuse treatment. But no matter what form of alcohol abuse treatment is used they are all trying to tackle a big problem, alcoholism. This is a problem that has plagued the globe for years. Causing deaths, fatal car accidents, broken homes, and broken people. But we can help.

In alcohol abuse treatment there are many different stages. The first stage is detox. Being that alcohol is a toxin it is important to the body to get rid of it. The detox process is difficult but necessary in alcohol abuse treatment. This is the first step.

After detox the next step of alcohol abuse treatment begins. This is called recovery. This is when the alcoholic begins to work on himself emotionally. Many alcoholics have emotional problems that amplify their drinking. When these emotional problems are taken care of, the person has a good chance of staying sober.

Alcoholism is a disease and must be treated that way. This is why Spencer Recovery Centers takes the stance on treatment that it does. Our facilities are setup to treat the alcoholic and the disease. We know that no matter how long the alcoholic stays sober, the disease does not go away. This is why before we release the patient the last stage of treatment begins.

We set them up with meetings in the particular area they live in. We help them get in contact with other alcoholics and begin to fabricate an extremely strong support group. This is their best defense against the disease of alcoholism. With a strong network of people the alcoholic has somewhere to turn to once his/her alcohol abuse treatment is over.

Alcohol abuse treatment works. It is the first line of defense against this fatal disease. While in alcohol abuse treatment the patient will experience a range of different emotions. Most alcoholics shut off their emotions when the alcohol abuse started. We assist them while in alcohol abuse treatment in getting used to their emotions. This way once they are finished with alcohol abuse treatment they have tools in their emotional toolbox to help combat the first drink.

Wits Inn professionals have been helping alcoholics for years. We have found our methods to be tried and true in the recovery of the alcoholic. This process of alcohol abuse treatment cannot begin until the alcoholic is here. Alcoholism is deadly but we can help save the life of you or someone you love. You have to call now. If it gets too late, treatment may not be possible.

 So call now for help, Loriann Witte 949-292-2000 For Your Questions About Alcohol Abuse 


Cocaine, also known as “coke” and “blow”, is made from the leaves of the coca plant.  It is a white powdery substance, and is highly addictive.  This drug is a stimulant and provides the user with a strong and intense high.  Because the high does not last very long, cocaine addicts need to find a way to constantly consume it.  Cocaine addiction has serious health consequences.  It can increase the user’s heart rate and blood pressure to unsafe levels, and oftentimes will lead to heart attack or stroke.

Cocaine Effects

Cocaine effects are extremely detrimental on the body and the consequences related to cocaine effects can eventually lead to permanent damage, addiction and death. While each person who uses this drug reacts to it differently, there are two distinct categories of cocaine effects: short-term effects and long-term effects. Even if a person has only used cocaine once, he/she can experience short-term cocaine effects. Long-term cocaine effects appear after increased periods of use and are dependent upon the duration of time and amount of cocaine that has been consumed.

Short-term cocaine effects are noticeable immediately and although they are not always damaging, in some cases they have caused serious bodily damage and death. Deaths related to cocaine effects are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizures and respiratory failure. * Some of the short-term cocaine effects first time users experience includes increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate and blood pressure.

Short-term cocaine effects include:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Dilated pupils
  • Mental alertness
  • Increased energy
  • Increased heart rate
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased temperature

People who try cocaine often get hooked to the short-term cocaine effects, namely feeling as though they have increased energy. The quick high keeps users feeling energetic and able to endure longer in physical activities. New cocaine users often try cocaine to increase productivity at work and in other areas of their lives so that they can work longer and harder. While these results may seem promising in the beginning, increased tolerance and dangerous life choices often follow repeated cocaine use.

One cocaine effect, appetite suppression, is very popular for people looking to lose weight or maintain a low weight. Fashion models have been known to use cocaine in order to stay thin. Cocaine users often go days without eating and if this behavior is continued it can lead to addiction. Increased heart rate, blood pressure, constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased temperature are all short-term physiological cocaine effects. When taken in large quantities, cocaine will intensify the user's high and may cause violent and erratic behavior on the part of the user.

Long-tem cocaine effects are noticeable as cocaine abuse continues and tolerance builds. Since cocaine is a highly addictive drug, it can lead to major medical complications and health problems. Some of the these complications include heart disease, heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, and gastrointestinal problems. Other physical symptoms include convulsions, nausea, blurred vision, chest pain, fever, muscle spasms, and coma.

As the habit of using cocaine becomes increasingly important, behavior such as lying, heating, stealing, absenteeism at work and denying the use of cocaine, is an evident side effect. While these behaviors are not directly related to the use of cocaine, these cocaine effects are often present due to the lifestyle of the addict.


Opiates are potent narcotics used by doctors and hospitals to temporarily alleviate intense pain either from injury or painful diseases such as cancer.  Opiates are derived from the opium poppy and are often taken because of the feeling of euphoria they bring about.   Some common types of opiates are: Opium, Oxycontin, Heroin, Morphine, Vicodin, and Codeine. Opiates have severe health risks including: vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, fever, weight loss, chronic constipation, HIV/AIDS (if needles are shared), and death.  


Heroin, an opiate, is known by several names, including: smack, horse, and brown sugar due to its varying forms and colors.  Like other opiates, it produces a feeling of euphoria and can become addictive within the first few uses.  The health risks include: vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, fever, weight loss, chronic constipation, HIV/AIDS (if needles are shared), and death.  


Meth, also know as methamphetamine, is a stimulant drug that mimics adrenaline in the body.  It can provide a user with extended alertness, weight loss, and lead to the additional abuse of other substances such as alcohol because it keeps the user awake and alert for a longer period of time before they begin to come down from their high.  It comes in many forms and can be injected, smoked, snorted or swallowed.  A person can become addicted to Meth after just one use.

ADD / ADHD and Meth addiction  

The ADD/ADHD Trreatment at Wits Inn addresses ADD/ADHD issues & chemical dependency issues.  There is significant research showing that ADD/ADHD and chemical dependency have certain direct correlations.  Thus far, it is important to address both issues to support a healthy & productive recovery process.


Methadone, which is used to treat people who are addicted to heroin, is itself a highly-addictive drug. Like heroin, methadone is an opiate, and it is used to relieve the cravings that a recovering heroin addict may experience. Because of its addictive properties, Methadone comes with many potential serious health risks such as vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, fever, weight loss, chronic constipation, and death.
Marijuana addiction has clear signs and indicators and this page will discuss this in depth. Marijuana addiction is simply an uncontrollable urge to possess and use the drug. Those with marijuana addiction are not able to stop using the drug even if they wish. Often a person with marijuana addiction will make continuous excuses about why now is not a good time to stop using the drug. Such people are not alone. Marijuana addiction is a disease that affects millions of people every year.

There is a good reason why admission to rehabilitation facilities has doubled for marijuana addiction. The potency of the drug continues to get more powerful and studies show that teens can get a hold of marijuana often easier than alcohol. Even those who seek treatment for drugs that are perceived has "harder" like heroin or cocaine will often acknowledge that marijuana is their primary drug of choice.

Marijuana addiction has the same characteristics as any other addiction to other drugs including alcohol, tobacco or even caffeine. The frequent obsession with the drug, thinking about it all the time, where to get it, when to get it, is there enough, is it good enough, will I have the money for more are frequently asked questions. Another trait of marijuana addiction is the physical craving that comes when the body adapts to the drug and begins to develop a tolerance to it. Anyone who has been smoking marijuana for awhile can tell that they must smoke more now to feel the same effect that just a few hits used to produce. It's not about the quality of the weed, it's the bodies defense mechanism as it readjusts to keep balance with the frequent supply of new chemicals being delivered by the pot.

Consequences of marijuana addiction start to take toll when the user continues to use marijuana even in the event of health or social consequences. Memory and learning problems may be causing problems at work or even result in losing a job because of high absenteeism. Increasing isolation from friends and family often puts heavy strain on relationships with loved ones. There is a vicious cycle to marijuana addiction in which these problems are often used as a rational to smoke even more pot. A trap that many fall into is that the drug that is causing the problem becomes the solution to the problem it caused.

There is help however 12-step treatment and behavioral therapy has proven to be very effective for marijuana rehab.  If you or a loved one needs to stop smoking marijuana we hope that you will call us today. Marijuana addiction must be treated like the disease it is. Let the professionals at Wits Inn Recovery show you how you can take back your life from the grips of marijuana addiction. Call us today for a confidential consultation. We accept many medical insurance plans as well as cash pay. Loriann Witte CAC 949-292-2000

Crack cocaine is a version of powdered cocaine, but crack cocaine is much more potent. Crack cocaine is cooked into a more concentrated version of the normal powdered cocaine. Crack cocaine is smoked, usually through a glass pipe or aluminum can. In the early eighties this drug, crack cocaine, hit the streets and has made a lasting impression on America ever since. In 1997 the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse estimated that there were 604,000 crack cocaine users in the United States.

Crack cocaine is commonly known as one of the most addictive street drugs available and people who use crack are often unable to stop, even if they want to. While crack cocaine was once though to be a 'ghetto' drug, crack cocaine has become popular among younger and more affluent crowds because it is inexpensive and produces a short lasting, but powerful euphoric high. Many researchers believe that crack cocaine will continue to be a popular drug since it is relatively easy to obtain.  949-292-2000

Ecstasy effects can create pain in the mind and body of the very user who seeks pleasure from ecstasy effects. Pleasurable ecstasy effects that are sought include a relaxed upbeat mood and feelings, reduced anxiety, increased sensitivity to others and a high energy level that can be sustained for many hours. Regretfully, some only believe in pleasurable ecstasy effects which may explain why ecstasy use has increased steadily in recent years. In three studied grade levels, 8th, 10th and 12th, ecstasy use has risen over the past two years and by the time America's youth enters the 12th grade 11% have been under the influence of ecstasy effects.

This site is dedicated to those who have found their life severely impacted by ecstasy effects and need help. Ecstasy, a street name given for the chemical MDMA, is a synthetic, psychoactive , neurotoxic drug with many negative effects. Ecstasy has similar structure to stimulants, like cocaine, and hallucinogenics like LSD. Also similar to cocaine and amphetamines is the highly addictive nature of ecstasy effects. Another commonality of ecstasy and all other abused drugs is the down-side, the negative often long-lasting ecstasy effects that far outweigh the few short term pleasures listed above.

Here are a few that may come as quickly as the first dose and increase with continued usage.

  •  Confusion
  •  Sleep problems
  •  Anxiety
  •  Teeth clenching
  •  Blurred vision
  •  Acne like rash
  •  Brain damage
  •  Depression      
  •  Addiction
  •  Paranoia
  •  Nausea
  •  Chills and sweating 
  •  Liver damage
  •  Aggression     
In addition to these consequences, impaired memory and long term reduction of serotonin and dopamine can disrupt normal brain activity in the ecstasy user and cause learning disorders and emotional problems.. Erratic mood swings and depression can lead to isolation from friends and family that do not use. Often decreased performance on the job or in school occurs from ecstasy abuse and financial problems increase as well.

Wits Inn can help you or a loved one recover from these damaging ecstasy effects. It is beneficial to note, especially since ecstasy effects many of our youth, that treatment for ecstasy, other drugs and/or alcohol abuse does not need to be voluntary to work. Most of our clients are motivated by a crisis of one form or another and many come to us under pressure from family, employers or the court system. The professional medical doctors, psychiatrists and counselors of the Treatment Referral Services have worked with hundreds of clients suffering with the consequences of drug addiction.

Our successful program begins with a one-on-one consultation to assess the individual and customize the most effective treatment plan possible. Treatment plans vary per individual and address the underlying causes of drug use in addition to the symptoms of drug use including problems with family, employer, school and the legal system.

Medication and rest are often used in the first several days to detoxify the body of ecstasy effects and minimize emotional discomfort of withdrawal. Counselors then work with clients on an individual basis, in group sessions and in family therapy if required. Wits End Interventions professional staff helps build effectual behaviors and positive abilities in clients to promote continual abstinence from drug use. Call Loriann 949-292-2000


Xanax addiction is especially dangerous because Xanax addiction often begins with a prescription from a doctor. Xanax addiction is a common side-effect of the prescription drug Alprazolam. The drug is a central nervous system depressant and Xanax addiction occurs when the drug is abused beyond its prescribed purposes. Used to treat many disorders from anxiety to stress, Xanax addiction results in the overuse of the drug to suppress unwanted feelings. Whether the drug is taken every night to fall asleep or continually throughout the day to remain calm, Xanax addiction progresses quickly and has become a serious health problem for many people.

Xanax is the brand name for Alprazolam which produces a calming effect on the brain by literally slowing it down. The Xanax user might experience a drowsy feeling during the first few days until the body builds up a tolerance to the drug. This is an important factor of Xanax addiction because it is this tolerance that allows the user to take more and more of the drug to feel the same effects. Those with a Xanax addiction seek the drowsy feeling with a much higher intensity than normal people. The brain in those with a Xanax addiction associates Xanax with reward and stimulates pleasure centers that give the user feelings of euphoria that normal users do not experience.

With the increasing use and tolerance, consequences soon begin to emerge. Soon the single prescription from the family doctor is not enough to satisfy the user and those with Xanax addiction may seek other doctors for additional prescriptions. It is not unusual for individuals with serious Xanax addiction to be juggling five, ten or sometimes even more doctors, getting prescriptions for Xanax from each of them.

Clearly the cost of this adds up quickly and the user might resort to crime to get Xanax. Fraudulent prescriptions, theft of prescription pads and bogus phone calls to pharmacies are a national problem.

The wife/mother/father/waitress/truck driver/lawyer/executive who began taking Xanax on the advice of their doctor to relieve tension and stress does not do so with the knowledge that a few months from now they might be committing forgery or buying Xanax off the black market on the street. Xanax addiction slowly consumes the user in such a way that no amount of self-will and desire can halt the process on its own. Those with a Xanax addiction have developed a medical condition in which the brain and body are altered. This condition is progressive and if not treated, Xanax addiction can be fatal.

When the body and mind build up a tolerance that allows or could be said, requires that 5, 15, 20, or even 80 pills must be taken on a given day to feel "normal" that is Xanax addiction. At this point it is not even safe to just stop on your own. Physical dependence is well established and the withdrawal effects could be deadly. Brain seizures occur as the brain goes from being suppressed into hyperactivity when the Xanax is removed.

Give us a call today for a private consultation about you or a loved one's Xanax addiction. We can help if you want help and we can help if the user is unwilling in the beginning. Call us today to reclaim the life you want.
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Over use and abuse of Scripts is about becoming dependant on your Doctor prescribed opiates or benzos.  Wits Inn and the Rehabs associated with Treatment Referral combines the best of treatments for the mind, body, and soul. Such problems include addressing recurring thoughts and desires to use and new behaviors to combat emotional and physical pain without depending on prescriptions. So the mind and body are thoroughly addressed but what of the soul? That is a favorite for many of our clients who have felt hopeless, depressed and alone.

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