Abuse of Substances


Ever since the cave people discovered that certain plants had hallucinogenic properties that could alter their feelings and physical reactions, our civilization has relished the brief escape that mind-altering substances can provide. The list ranges from the more commonly used alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana to the higher-priced spreads--cocaine, heroin, methamphetamins, PCP, LSD, and even common household inhalants such as glue and paint.

What happens when you abuse substances

You may experience an inability to get through the day or part of a day without the substance, be it nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, or drugs. you may be preoccupied with getting and consuming this substance, You may be irrational about using money appropriately, for example, going without meals in order to afford a pint of whisky or carton of cigarettes.

An addiction to a substance is possibly more dangerous and more difficult to cure than was previously thought. a new study on smoking at Brookhaven National Laboratory shows that any addictive substance causes an increase of dopamine in the brain. This brain chemical produces a feeling of euphoria just like that caused by cocaine and amphetamines. There is also strong relationship between smoking and alcohol consumption, which means that mutliple addictions could increase your risk of depression and other disturbances.

A couple of glasses of win or two beers a night after a long day is not addiction, unless you cannot get through the night without them. If you have to ingest or inhale something in order to restore your sense of well-being and harmony then you have a problem.

Nature's Prozac, Judith Sachs

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