It is common for a majority of people to find it difficult wrapping their head around the idea of why and how people get hooked on drugs. A big misconception is that drug abusers lack a strong sense of will, principles, or discipline to stop doing it simply by waking up one day and choosing to stop. The reality is it’s a complex ailment and quitting requires more than a strong will. Drugs change the functionality of the brain making it quite difficult task to move from but, fortunately, years of research has led to elaborate treatments that help aid in recovery. This article covers some of the new psychoactive substances (NPS) abused and effects of the drugs on your health.
How NPS affect your health
A calming drug perceived by a wide audience to be safe due to the mere fact that it’s natural and directly obtained
from the cannabis plant. It alters perceptions after smoking or by edibles (cake, sweets, and cookies).It makes a user feel relaxed, happy and at times lethargic anxious and paranoid and in worst cases psychotic. It has been associated with mental problems e.g. schizophrenia and lung disease e.g. Asthma. It’s also known to alter brain functionality meaning regular intake lowers concentration level and have a drastic effect on fertility.
Cocaine (crack cocaine, powder coke)
Crack and powder coke are both types of cocaine and are distinctively powerful stimulants. Some types can be smoked while others snorted and can also be taken in through injections. Cocaine gives a rush of energy, happiness, awakeners and a psychotic level of overconfidence that may lead to taking unnecessary risks. Effects are not for long periods of time hence requiring more and more ingestion of the commodity. It’s possible for a user to die due to overdosing on the drug which overstimulates the heart. Snorting this drug can damage your nose cavity resulting in breathing problems. It is a drug that when injected puts you at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis through sharing of needles.
Classified as a psychedelic stimulant, Ecstasy is usually sold in the form of tablets. It can also be snorted in its powdered form. E makes you feel alert, chatty and relatable and heightens sensitivity and appeal of colors and music. It causes anxiety problems and confusion. It has been associated with memory issues and also leads to an abnormal temperature of the body causing mild dehydration.
Amphetamines are given street names like speed, whizz, and Billy and are classified as stimulants. They are also ingested through snorting and gum. They bring a sense of alertness and confidence level, users are energetic and lack appetite. They can also lead to aggressiveness, paranoia, psychosis and even confusion. Ingestion of this drugs can be fatal for your heart due to rise in blood pressure that may lead to heart attacks. Injecting can easily lead to an overdose which may result in death due to its impure nature. Of course sharing of syringes subjects a user to the risk of getting hepatitis and AIDS.