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There are certain drugs that you probably automatically think of when you think of addiction. Drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana most likely come to the forefront of your mind, but there are actually many other drugs that can be just as dangerous as the more "popular" ones that often make the headlines.
Whether you're wondering if you're addicted to something on these lists, or you're a family member or a friend of someone who may possibly have an addiction, getting the information you need will be so useful.
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You'll find that each classification of drugs operates differently in the body, but they are all dangerous. Let's go over the various types of drugs we'll be covering in more detail.
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Depressants are drugs that result in the slowing down of the nervous system. People who use them usually end up feeling very calm and relaxed, which is why those who struggle with anxiety are generally drawn to them. Depressants can also lower you inhibitions, making you more outgoing and more at risk for behaviors that you wouldn't participate in without them.
There are many negative effects of depressants and these can include:
Another commonly abused drug category is the category of stimulants. These drugs do the exact opposite of depressants in the body, and they raise your levels of activity. When people use stimulants, they experience a surge in energy or they may become hyperactive. Stimulants are attractive because they increase your alertness, but they also elevate your heart rate and increase your blood pressure.
There are many common symptoms that are experienced with stimulant withdrawal. These include slipping into a state of depression and sleep disturbances. These two symptoms alone are usually enough to cause someone to relapse. If you use stimulants for a long period of time, it can lead to psychosis, paranoia and a higher probability of heart failure.
It's very common for people to become addicted to opiates purely by accident, because these are drugs that are prescribed by a doctor. They're usually given for the purpose of treating pain, or for anyone who is suffering from a serious medical illness or injury. They work by blocking the pain receptors in the brain, but in the process, they produce feelings of contentment that can become addictive.
Opiate abuse occurs when people increase their own doses of these drugs, or they take them more frequently than their prescription indicates.
Almost everyone who tries hallucinogens does so out of curiosity. Just as their name indicates, hallucinogens produce hallucinations that cause a distortion of reality. These hallucinations can be visual, auditory or tactile, and the use of these drugs comes with many serious risks. It is not uncommon for users to lose touch with the world around them and cause harm to themselves or other people.
Hallucinogen addiction symptoms can include feelings of paranoia, fear and intense anxiety, even if it has been hours since the drug has been used. Hallucinogen addiction behaviors include frequent, intense mood swings.
Cannabinoids are substances that are found in plants, and they work by binding to receptors in the brain. When they're used, the result is feelings of relaxation and euphoria. As time goes on, consistent use of cannabinoids can lead to impaired memory, difficulty concentrating and sensory distortion. Immune system suppression, abnormal cell growth and respiratory problems can result with prolonged use.
Cannabinoids can be very dangerous, and like other drugs, users tend to use increasing amounts in order to get the desired effects.
Some of the most dangerous drugs in the world can be found lurking on store shelves, and because they're so easy to find, and because they're not illegal, adolescents are quite prone to trying them and becoming addicted to them. The most common ways to use them are by huffing, snorting or sniffing them. They act quickly, and the effects don't last very long, which encourages repeated use.
When someone has been using inhalants, addiction behaviors include confusing, feelings of being lightheaded, vomiting and loss of coordination.
When you think of anabolic steroids, the tendency is to think of news stories about athletes who have gotten caught using them to improve their performance. Anabolic steroids have dangerous side effects, and they can lead to serious health issues such as cancer diagnoses and heart attacks. Sharing needles to inject them can also lead to AIDS.
The number of people who accidentally become addicted to prescription drugs each year is staggering, but people believe that these drugs are not dangerous because they're prescribed by a doctor. However, they can cause just as much harm when they're abused, and they can be just as addictive as street drugs.
Over the counter medications are inexpensive and easy to obtain. Using them can result in impaired judgment, hallucinations, and a host of other problems. Over the counter medications are popular with young people because of their availability, and using them can have serious long term effects.
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In order to recover from an addiction to these, or any other drugs, it's important to get the right kind of professional help. Northpoint Recovery provides addiction treatment to those in need, and we have helped many people in the Pacific Northwest find the freedom they're searching for. We can help you too.