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A review of some important facts on substance abuse and treatment

posted Mar 31, 2021, 2:37 PM by Dr. Curtis Cripe

According to Dr. Curtis Cripe of the NTL Group, there are some topics of research in his field which affect everyone. One of them is substance abuse. The problem of substance abuse is age-old and extremely widespread. However, while this battle is far from being won, Dr. Curtis Cripe mentions that education and information have gone a long, long way in helping people everywhere against substance abuse.

On that note, Dr. Curtis Cripe reviews some important facts on substance abuse and treatment which everyone should know.

1. Prescription drugs are addictive.

Millions of Americans have experienced addiction to prescription drugs. From painkillers to cough medicine, a lot of the medication that doctors prescribe can be tragically addictive. Prescription drugs, if not taken in the proper dosages, are not only addictive but are also terribly dangerous.

2. Natural drugs alter brain chemistry.

While synthetic, chemical-based drugs are known to cause overdoses and deaths, organic drugs such as mushrooms may also have harmful effects. The fact of the matter is any drugs used for recreation alters brain chemistry, and this does not bode well for anyone. They can also be addictive.

3. Detoxification is not a cure.

One of the most common misconceptions about the process of detoxification is that it is a cure for addiction. Detox may be an important step in the process, but Dr. Curtis Cripe mentions that a person’s substance addiction is a long-term battle that wages on long after a person has kicked the habit. Detox does not eliminate the habitual or addictive craving for a drug, substance or activity.

Dr. Curtis Cripe is a neuroengineer with a multi-disciplinary background that includes drug abuse treatment. He is also the head of the Research and Development department of NTL group. Find out more about Dr. Cripe’s work by following this Facebook page.