Drug Abuse

Marijuana Abuse

You might associate marijuana with negative consequences such as short-term memory loss, accelerated heartbeat, increased blood pressure, difficulty concentrating or processing information, lapses in judgment, or problems with perception and motor skills. Years of marijuana use can lead to a loss of ambition, and an inability to function effectively.

Barbiturate & Cocaine Abuse

Both barbiturates and cocaine are heavily addictive because they activate regions of the brain that produce both physical dependence and the pleasurable sensation of “reward.” Together, these actions account for the user’s loss of control and the drug’s habit-forming action.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs make complex surgery possible, relieve pain, and enable many individuals with chronic medical conditions to control their symptoms and lead productive lives. Most people who take prescription medications use them responsibly. However, the non-medical use of prescription drugs is a serious public health concern. Nonmedical use of prescription drugs like opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants, and stimulants can lead to abuse and addiction, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use.

Designer or “Club” Drug Abuse

Young adults use club drugs at all-night dance parties (raves or trances), dance clubs, and bars. MDMA (ecstasy), GHB, rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD are some of the popular club or party drugs. NIDA-supported research has shown club drug use can cause serious health problems and in some cases even death. These drugs can be even more dangerous when combined with alcohol. No club drug is benign.

Online Resources

http://www.capitalareancna.com/

http://trianglesmartrecovery.org/

https://rational.org/

http://www.sossobriety.org/