Understanding the Different Types of Addiction

There are many types of addiction, each affecting the body in a different way. Different substances may affect the central nervous system, while others interfere with communication along the neural pathways. Some substances come with primarily psychological withdrawal symptoms, while others present with physical withdrawal symptoms. 

There are different types of addiction in terms of:

  • Severity of the addiction
  • Length of the addiction
  • Substance used

These same factors also affect the detox timeline. For example, the average detox timeline is between three and seven days; however, substances like cocaine present with severe psychological withdrawal and cravings for up to six months after your initial detox.

If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, it’s important to reach out to a qualified facility that offers specialized recovery programs for individual substances. Sequoia Recovery Centers, a drug and alcohol detox center in Spokane, can offer clients Washington substance abuse treatment tailored to address recovery needs for specific substances.

How Different Types of Addiction Work

Clients benefit from a facility specializing in different types of substance abuse. The reason is addiction from different substances can have distinct changes on the brain and body, withdrawal symptoms, and even recovery timelines. 

SubstanceHow it WorksWithdrawal SymptomsDetox Timeline
AlcoholAlcohol is a depressant, so it depresses your central nervous system. 
When you drink alcohol, it interacts with the communication pathways in your brain, which changes mood or coordination.

Alcoholism also causes heart problems, liver damage, and increased risks of cancer.
Symptoms can start within two hours of your last drink and include headaches, tremors, nausea, hallucinations, irritation, vomiting, even seizures. Peak symptoms are reached within twenty four and seventy two hours and can last an average of seven days. 
CocaineCocaine is highly addictive as it is a stimulant. 
Cocaine increases the levels of dopamine in your body, interfering with your ability to naturally produce and manage dopamine. 
Cocaine withdrawal can include severe psychological symptoms including vivid dreams, discomfort, depression, increased appetite, and restlessness. Detox symptoms can last up to ten days, but severe psychological symptoms like cravings can last up to six months.
OpioidsOpioids block pain messages being sent from your nerves through your spinal cord to your brain. This not only helps “relieve” pain by dampening your reception, but it also alters the euphoria you feel. Symptoms can start within twelve hours of your last dose, and often include abdominal cramps, vomiting, muscle pain, runny nose, yawning, agitation, and anxiety. The timeline for detox is an average of five to seven days. 

The type of care you receive, including the detox services and length of treatment, will vary from one type of addiction to the next. 

Working with a high-quality facility will help you with nutrition guidelines if you need to repair damage to your body or with group therapy to identify causes or triggers so that you can understand your addiction and cope with recovery. Sequoia Recovery Centers can offer treatment for:

  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opioids
  • Prescription drugs
  • Percocet
  • Xanax 

Each of our programs is individualized to ensure you receive top-tier care with the services you need most. 

Inpatient Care for Different Types of Addiction

Clients benefit from inpatient care when they struggle with severe addiction, require supervised detox, and want the freedom to step away from the stresses of their daily environment to focus completely on recovery. 

Different types of addiction require various levels of detox services at the start of treatment. Alcohol, opioids, and heroin addiction may require medication-assisted treatment (MAT) so that clients can utilize FDA-approved medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms and avoid cravings and relapse in the future. 

Outpatient Care for Different Types of Addiction

For mild or moderate addiction, those who have not struggled with addiction for a long time, or those who need flexible care that can work around professional or personal obligations, there are shorter programs such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or traditional outpatient care. 

For those who have stable living environments, partial hospitalization programs can offer short, full-time treatment for addictions to substances like cocaine or benzodiazepine. 

Sequoia Recovery Centers Can Help Treat Different Types of Addiction

Getting help for different types of addictions means finding personalized treatment at a facility with experience handling several forms of care. With the right program, you can find detox services and therapy to meet your needs. At Sequoia Recovery Centers, we offer various levels of care, including inpatient drug rehab, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient rehab in Spokane. Contact our team today to learn more about different types of addictions.