Types of drugs and the dangers posed

The types of drugs under international control include amphetamine-type stimulants, coca/cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics. Countries have decided to control these drugs because they pose a threat to behavioural problems and health.

Eden Recovery Centre clarifies that while some of the physical effects of drugs might sound exhilarating, they do not last long. Many people get depressed and lonely afterwards and start feeling sick. Also, it is common for people who use drugs to seem confused, have red eyes, sweat a lot and lose interest in their hobbies, family and physical appearance.

The main types of drugs and how they could affect your mental state and health:

Type of drug – Cannabis:

Cannabis is a tobacco-like greenish or brownish material made up of the dried flowering tops and leaves of the cannabis (hemp) plant. Cannabis resin or “hash” is the dried black or brown secretion of the flowering tops of the cannabis plant, which is made into a powder or pressed into slabs or cakes

When asked how it affects you, Eden Recovery Centre explains that short-term effects include increased appetite and pulse rate.While high, users’ intellectual and physical abilities are impaired. With large doses, users may experience severely altered sensory perceptions and slow and confused thinking

Type of drug – Cocaine:

Cocaine is a fine white or off-white powder that acts as a powerful stimulant. In its pure form, cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. Crack is cocaine that has been further processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and looks like small flakes or rocks.

Eden Recovery Centre reveals that Cocaine can make users feel exhilarated and euphoric. Furthermore, users often experience a temporary increase in alertness and energy levels, and a postponement of hunger and fatigue

Type of Drug – Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a psychoactive stimulant. In fact, the term “ecstasy” does not refer to a single substance, but rather to a range of substances similar in chemistry and effects. It is usually distributed as a tablet or pill but can also be a powder or capsule. The tablets can be in many different shapes and sizes.

Ecstasy can heighten users’ empathy levels and induce a feeling of closeness to people around them. It is often used at “rave parties” to increase participants’ sociability and energy levels.

Type of Drug – Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens, or “psychedelics”, are drugs that alter users’ state of consciousness and produce different kinds of hallucinations, confirms the Eden Recovery Centre.

The main types of hallucinogens are d-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD),  hencyclidine (PCP), hallucinogenic amphetamines, mescaline and psilocybe mushrooms.

Taking LSD leads to strong changes in thought, mood and senses in addition to feelings of empathy and sociability. However, the exact effects of LSD vary depending on the mental state of the user and the environment when taking the drug.

Type of Drug – Heroin

This is the drug that scares us the most at Eden Recovery Centre. We have seen the irreversible damage this drug can to do to you. Heroin is an addictive drug with painkilling properties processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance from the Asian opium poppy plant. Pure heroin is a white powder. Street heroin is usually brownish white because it is diluted or “cut” with impurities, meaning each dose is different.

Heroin can make users feel an initial surge of euphoria, along with a feeling of warmth and relaxation. Users also often become detached from emotional or physical distress, pain or anxiety.

Furthermore, heroin is very addictive, and development of tolerance and physical and psychological dependence occurs rapidly.

If you are worried that you could be suffering from a drug addiction and cannot stop on your own, please contact us for advice or further information on Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes. You can depend on full discretion.

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