It is not secret that I work in a college atmosphere. I see substance use on a regular basis and often times this usage can turn into addiction. Here is what I have seen to be the common trends of substance abuse and addiction.
The use of illegal drugs has long been a problem in society. Although efforts have already been made in order to eradicate drugs, the battle is far from over and drug addiction has plagued a lot of people from all walks of life. With drug addiction negatively affecting a person’s brain circuitry and behavior, rehabilitation is necessary.
Here is a list of the most addicting drugs in 2017.
Nicotine. Nicotine is a common addiction and is mostly found in cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and even vaping. It is physically and psychologically addictive since it acts as a stimulant, raising your heart rate and causing you to be more focused and alert. It immediately takes effect and enters your bloodstream and will take a few hours before it wears off. Problem is, once you become dependent on nicotine, you may want to smoke another cigarette even after you’ve just finished one.
Barbiturates. These are typically prescribed medications such as those given to treat anxiety and insomnia. Also known as downers, they shut down certain parts of your brain and can cause euphoria when given in low doses. High doses, however, cause a serious problem since they suppress your breathing.
Cocaine. This drug has been popular since the 1980’s and continues to be used and abused by a lot of people all over the world. This is a stimulant drug that is manufactured in powder form or rock form (crack). It is snorted, smoked or injected and immediately takes effect once taken. The brain gets a rush of dopamine and gives the person a feeling of being high. This also causes a person to become euphoric, excited, and alert.
Alcohol. Alcohol is considered as one of the most addictive substances in the world. Part of this is because it is legal for those who are already in the drinking age, it’s easy to find and often served in parties and other social activities, and it’s inexpensive. This makes it easy to abuse. Alcohol enhances a person’s mood and is also a depressant. It lowers your blood pressure and heart rate as well as slows down the functions of your central nervous system. Alcohol also impairs your motor skills and how your brain processes information.
Heroin. This drug is addicting and illegal. It triggers the opioid receptors in the brain and causes a person to feel no pain, to feel relaxed, high, and euphoric. Those who are already dependent on the drug keep on using it because the withdrawal symptoms are severe. These include having flu-like symptoms, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and impaired breathing.
Methamphetamine. Also known as meth, this is another stimulant drug that is manufactured in powder form or crystal form (crystal meth). It is typically smoked, snorted or injected and causes a person to become high, more excited, and more focused, decreases one’s appetite and need for sleep, and may also have psychotic side effects.
Don’t ruin your life. Nothing good ever comes from trying drugs. So if someone offers that you just give it a try, immediately say no.