What You Need To Know About Drugs

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A drug is considered anything that alters the way one’s brain functions. Drugs can be absorbed, consumed, inhaled, injected, or smoked. People choose to use drugs for numerous reasons. Different categories of drugs have a wide range of effects. All drugs have many different dangers when using them as mentioned above as well. Mixing drugs together also add increased dangers. To seek help with drug use, there are many places one can turn to for help. This article will look at all the topics discussed above to try to help educate you on drug use and how to find help for a drug abuse problem.

 

What types of drugs are there?

There are two different types of drugs: legal drugs and illegal drugs. Legal drugs include ones that are sold and obtained legally, such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and medications sold at a drugstore. Even though the drugs are legally sold, they often have restrictions by law on how they can be sold and in what quantities they can be sold. They are regulated because if used inappropriately, they can cause serious side effects. These substances are used improperly in order to feel good or get high.

 

There are also illegal drugs, which are substances sold without having legal permission to do so. Illicit drugs can include cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, LSD, cocaine and heroin as well as numerous others. Not only are these drugs not permitted to be legally sold, they also do not have regulations put in place to safety guard the amount of drug placed in each batch. Potentially, each batch bought could have differing levels of the drug in it, sometimes less and sometimes more frequently, which could be potentially life threatening. Laws prohibit people from using, selling, possessing, making, or driving under the influence of any of the aforementioned substances.

 

Why do people use drugs?

Some people begin using drugs because they want to experiment with them to see what they are like. Sometimes they try it once and never try it again, but at other times they try it and continue using for long amounts of time. Others use drugs because their friends use them. Some others may use drugs because they have become addicted to them. Occasionally, individuals take drugs to feel more grown up or more powerful than they are. Others use drugs to rebel against some situation they are in as well. Some others use drugs because they are bored. Some use because they like the way it makes them feel; it might enhance their mood or make them feel different. Other people use drugs to cope with stress they may be feeling. There are a variety of factors that can play into why people choose to use drugs.

 

Effects of Different Types of Drugs:

Depressants (alcohol, cannabis, heroin):

  • Slow down the messages one’s brain sends and receives
  • Can cause severe muscle aches
  • Can lead to fever
  • Can cause vomiting
  • Can make one pass out
  • Can make one stop breathing
  • Can initiate insomnia
  • Can lead to anxiety
  • Can cause depression
  • Can bring about hallucinations
  • Can lead to paranoia

 

Stimulants (caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine):

  • Speed up the messages one’s brain sends and receives
  • Increases body temperature
  • Can prevent one from feeling hungry
  • Can cause heart problems
  • Can give rise to feelings of paranoia
  • Can lead to insomnia

 

Hallucinogens (LSD, ecstasy):

  • Leads to anxiety
  • Makes one take risks you normally would not take
  • Changes one’s perception of reality
  • Can cause one to lose sight of reality

 

Mixing drugs together, even with alcohol, can lead to serious health dangers. Mixing drugs alter one’s body chemistry and can even be life threatening.

 

Addiction is a complex problem and there are many ways one can seek help for a drug abuse problem, and there is no one method that is right for every individual. To have effective treatment, it is critical to address the needs of each person. Individual counseling is an effective mode of treatment as is group counseling. Detox or a rehabilitation center are also effective treatment strategies for those dealing with drug addiction issues. Treatment methods can include either inpatient or outpatient modes of rehabilitation also. Relapse prevention is also crucial step to one’s treatment program. Finding some mode of help and education about their situation is the most important thing for each individual seeking to free himself of a drug abuse problem.

 

Drug use can impact many aspects of one’s life-physically, mentally and socially. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please contact a professional who can help you to your journey of freedom from your drug habit.

 

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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