We hear about substance addiction and the terrible things that people will do when they use but besides seeing breaking news in flashing red letters on the most recent under-the-influence act, what do we really know about them? For instance, what do they do to your mind and your body? What about your emotional and mental well being? We are big advocates of education when it comes to drugs and alcohol abuse and we thought you might benefit from knowing a bit more about all these drugs. Below we’ve listed 5 drugs, and the terrible consequences that substance addiction will have on your body.
What Happens to Someone with a Substance Addiction to:
Cocaine is a very addictive drug that comes from the leaves of the coca plant. Cocaine is a stimulant that leaves the user with a feeling of euphoria, coupled with increased heart rate as well as excess energy. In the most simple explanation, cocaine accomplishes the feeling of euphoria by flooding the brain with dopamine, which in turn gives the body the characteristic “high.” The problem is the aftermath the drug leaves behind. Because of the huge release of dopamine the drug allows, the brain, becomes psychologically addicted. After longtime use, the body needs more and more of the drug to achieve the same high. Larger doses are then taken by the user, which increases the already present dangers. Because cocaine increases the heart rate of the user, as well as constricting blood vessels, heart-attacks and strokes are not uncommon for users. This along with the paranoia, and anxiety the drug can bring make it a very dangerous chemical.
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) comes from ergot, a fungus that is found on Rye and other grains. LSD is characterised by the unique trip it gives the user. These trips often are filled with hallucinations and a distorted sense of reality, which is where the drug becomes dangerous. Just like cocaine, LSD raises the body’s heart rate and temperature, but it also gives the user a sense of delusion. They believe things around them are not real. The car coming at them isn’t actually there. The cliff side is just a painting. This is where the real dangers of LSD become evident. Users are often hurt through misadventure due to their lack of a grasp on reality.
Heroin is a drug that is produced from the opium poppy, and leaves the user with a relaxed state of mind. The after effects can leave the user feeling depressed, and anxious until their next hit. Because heroin is injected directly into the bloodstream, there is a very high chance of overdosing. Another effect of injecting heroin is collapsed veins, and a much higher chance of contracting HIV or AIDS. Some users smoke heroin instead of injecting it. When you smoke it, Heroin can cause respiratory problems,as well as pneumonia and lung disease. Heroin is known as one of the most addictive street drugs.
Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the world behind alcohol and nicotine. It is produced from the leaves of cannabis, and contains the chemical cannabinoids. Marijuana is most often smoked, and leaves the user with a relaxed “high.” Marijuana can leave some users with paranoia and anxiety. Because it is introduced to the body through the mouth, Marijuana can cause lung, mouth, and throat cancer after extended use. Other long-term effects are suppression of the immune system as well as personality changes.
Ecstasy is a “psychedelic” stimulant that gives the user a feeling of happiness, and excess energy. Ecstasy can be taken through the mouth or by snorting. Both of which have their risks. Anything that is snorted can erode the nasal cavity, and can reach the lungs, which can lead to lung disease. Ecstasy leaves the body with an increased heart rate, affects the body’s temperature control and can lead to an increased temperature. Both of which, if taken to the extreme, can be fatal.
These are just 5 of a plethora of street drugs. As you can see, all of them affect your body in a very negative way, and should be kept at a distance. The gains from these drugs never outweigh the terrible effects they leave on your body, as well as your friends and family.
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