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A Guide to Drugs

Any substance that creates a physiological change in the body is considered a drug. The three main categories of drugs are stimulants (speed up the brain and nervous system), depressants (slow them down) and hallucinogens (interfere with the brain and nervous system, altering perception of reality). Though synthetic (man made) and recreational drugs have the worst reputation, naturally derived drugs and those which may have medicinal application can also have negative side effects, be prone to abuse, be potentially addictive and lead to fatal overdoses.

Addiction can be physical, as in the case of heroin where withdrawing from use results in distinct physiological side effects. Addiction can also be psychological, marijuana is a well-known example, where the focus of withdrawal is less physiological. Both forms of addiction are very difficult to control and the impact on family and friends is devastating, not to mention problematic to society. There are however various drug addiction treatments available for users as well as support and information for others affected. So to help a person who is addicted to drugs, being informed and knowing what resources are available to you is a great place to start.

Drug Articles

  • Do I Have a Drug Problem?
    One of the biggest problems for someone addicted to drugs is denial. The DAST (Drug Abuse Screening Test) is one way to help determine if you have a substance abuse disorder.
  • Three Main Categories of Drugs
    The three main categories were constructed based on similarities that certain drugs share; however, there are many differences that these drugs have also.
  • Is Marijuana Addictive?
    Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in the world, yet is legal in only a few areas of the globe.
  • Drug Addiction Treatment
    Drug addiction treatment today is very specialised, with programs designed to treat specific people that each have specific problems.
  • How to Overcome Drug Addiction
    If you are struggling with a drug addiction, you may feel like you will never be able to live a sober life again. Recovery is difficult, but it is very possible.
  • Holistic Treatment for Drug Addiction
    A relatively new method for treating individuals with drug addiction is to use a holistic approach. This type of treatment focuses on the entire individual - body, mind, and spirit.
  • Drug Overdose
    Drug overdose can happen intentionally or accidentally by someone using drugs, and it is often a tragic consequence to drug abuse.