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Facts About IV Drug Use

Health Complications

When one uses drugs intravenously through the blood stream to achieve a faster and more potent high that is a serious sign of heavy addiction. Many long-term health complications are associated with IV drug use. When a drug addict begins taking the drug intravenously they risk many seriously health complications, such as skin abscesses, infectious disease, and heart complications.

Addictive Cycle

It is very easy to overdose through IV drug use since many are unaware of how much of the substance they are putting in their bodies at one time. The intense high that is created with intravenous drug use, administering the drug in other methods will never amount to the high that is created by IV drug use. Many types of drugs can be used intravenously including heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, and prescription medications. Treatment is inevitable and necessary for the IV drug user. However many times the user will not make it to treatment and become mentally and physically ill. Death is also common occurrence among IV drug users, due to overdose.

Needle Exchange Programs

The ban on federally funded needle exchange programs was lifted 2 years ago by the Senate. These programs are based on the philosophy where IV drug users can receive sanitary needles and equipment for free. They are referred to as exchange programs because most require exchanging old needles for new ones, but some do not have this requirement. It’s only to ensure that contaminated needles do not get reused. According to the Center for Disease Control 1/5 of all of all H.I.V and Hepatitis C contractions are direct results of intravenous drug use.

Most needle exchange programs offer helpful information regarding treatment for drug addiction and counseling. The addict that makes the conscious decision to partake in these programs is one who often seeks treatment for their addiction and that is why they are so beneficial. The positive reinforcement that these programs offer, allow the user to seek information about their drug use. The evidence is clearly stated by the American Medical Association that needle exchange programs are effective in slowing down the spread of H.I.V and do not increase drug use. It’s absurd to conclude that IV drug use increases when these programs are implemented. In reality the message that we are sending by not consummating these programs is a deadly one by letting many suffer from deadly diseases that could have been prevented. There are many tactics that forewarn children that intravenous drug use is bad, from media campaigns to unrelenting prison sentences.

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Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.

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A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.


• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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