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Drug Abuse

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A drug is a chemical or substance which have both positive and negative effects when consumed.

What Is A Drug?

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Stimulants Stimulants are drugs that stimulate the brain and central

nervous system, speeding up communication between the two. They usually increase alertness and physical activity.

DepressantsDepressants slow down the activity of the brain and nervous

system, slowing down the communication between the two. For medical purposes they can calm nerves, relax muscles and useful for sleeping disorders such as insomnia.

Hallucinogens Hallucinogens interfere with the brain and central nervous system

in a way that results in radical distortions of a user’s perception of reality. Profound images, sounds and sensations will be experienced, but they will not actually exist

Three Main Categories of Drugs

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StimulantsEcstasyCocaineCrack CocainePhentermine


List of drugsDepressants

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LSDMagic Mushrooms

(Psilocybin)PCP (Phencyclidine)KetamineMescaline

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People take drugs because they want to change something

about their lives.

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To experimentIt's human nature to want to experiment. Trying things out helps you decide if they're right for you. But it's also human nature to avoid things that are obviously bad for you. You wouldn't experiment with jumping off Liberty Hall. The point is, there are a zillion better things to experiment with sports, music, dying your hair, seeing bad movies, eating spicy food...

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To fit in No one wants to be the only one not participating. No one wants to be left out. So sometimes they make bad decisions, like taking drugs, to cover-up their insecurities. They don't think about how drugs can isolate you from your friends and family. They forget to look past that one party to see how things could turn out. Or maybe they just don't see the people around them who aren't using drugs.

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To escape or relax You'll hear a lot of people saying things like "I'm so stressed, I need to get messed up!" or "Drugs help me relax" or whatever. What they're really saying is "Drinking or doing drugs is just easier than dealing with my problems or reaching out for help." The thing is, the problems are still there when they come down--and not only do they still have to deal with it, they have to deal with it when they're not 100% and feeling guilty or even worse when they're not thinking straight.

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WHY DO PEOPLE TAKE DRUGS?To rebelSometimes people turn to drugs not so much for themselves, but to make a statement against someone else, such as their families or society in general. Somehow taking drugs makes them outlaws or more individual. The problem is taking drugs, ultimately, robs these people of their ability to be independent, because it makes them Dependent --on drugs and their drug connections.

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To relieve boredom Lots of people turn to drugs for a little excitement because they say there's nothing else to do but watch the same Simpsons' rerun for the tenth time or hang out at the Burger King. But people who make these kinds of decisions usually find out that drugs are ultimately really a waste and painful. Drugs don't change the situation, and they just might make it worse.

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WHY DO PEOPLE TAKE DRUGS?To seem grown upThis is one of the weirdest reasons. Think about it Why would an adult want to use drugs? Probably for many of the same reasons you would consider. The reality is that the most grown-up people out there aren't users. They're too busy living their lives to bother with stuff, like drugs, that will interfere.

Because the media says it's coolEven though there's an antidrug ad on every minutes and more rock stars and ball players than you can shake a stick at tell you to stay away from drugs, the truth is the entertainment world still manages to make drugs appear very attractive. Kind of like how they encourage people to be really skinny even when they say anorexia is bad. Or when they say you should be super muscular but steroids are bad. But if you're wise, you'll understand that the entertainment world is not the real world, and basing your life on these messages is superficial.

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How Do Drugs Work?

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How Do Drugs Work? The amount taken determines

the effect(Stimulant, sedative or poisonous)

Many drugs have other liabilities.

Disrupts brain function in areas critical memory, learning, judgment, and behaviour control.

They distort the user’s perception of what is happening around him or her

Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted

They also wipe out ability and alertness

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Effects On Body And Mind

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Effects Of Drug & Alcohol Addiction On BrainExcess of marijuana

consumption can lead to depression and amotivational syndrome.

It can irreparably damage the brain’s blood vessels, incite hypertension.

hallucinations, confusion, delirium, memory loss, impaired thinking

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It can cause a host of lung problems, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Its also been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer.

Effects Of Drug Addiction On Body

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Excess of Cocaine intake increases risks of heart attack.

Regular consumption results in perforated or deviated septum.

It also effects the reproductive system, causing loss of sex drive and birth defects in baby of infected person.

Frequent and excessive drinkers are prone to liver diseases such as cirrhosis.

It also has a negative impact on ageing.

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What drug users like to believe!


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#1: Drug addiction is voluntary.While at first drug use may be a choice, over time a drug alters the chemistry of the brain and body resulting in the compulsive need of the drug.

#2: Helpful drugs are those that are legal, while harmful drugs are illegal. Even if a federally regulated drug is considered “safe”, misuse and abuse of this drug can still have harmful effects.

#3: Combining drugs is not harmful.Mixing drugs can be extremely dangerous. Mixing certain prescription drugs together or combining illegal drugs with alcohol.

Myths About Drugs

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#4: Marijuana is not bad for you.Marijuana is in fact bad for you. This powerful drug can cause cancer and numerous other health complications putting the user at risk for disease. Other negative effects of this drug include lack of coordination, memory problems and poor concentration.

#5: An addiction is an acute condition, and not very serious at allAn addiction is a very serious condition. This dependency affects all areas of your life, from work to your relationship.

#6: Once detoxification ends, if the addict does not return to drugs, changes in the pathways of the brain will return to their original healthy state.

#7: Addicts cannot recover.There have been numerous cases in which individuals have successfully recovered from addiction at a drug treatment facility.

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Before And After

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Prevention programs can be designed to intervene as early as school to address risk factors for drug abuse, such as aggressive behaviour, poor social skills, and academic difficulties

Strengthen social bondingParental engagement in child’s lifeSuccess(Academic or non-academic)Do something you find interesting to overcome loneliness Find better ways to relieve stress:

-Develop one healthy habit this month-Simplify your schedule-Meditate -Positive Attitude


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What can parents do?• Starting a conversation with your child about

his or her drug use is the most important step you can take in helping your child.– Prepare yourself– Have a conversation not a

confrontation– Don’t just talk, listen– Find the best way to break through

your teen’s barriers

Help: How to control Drug abuse

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24/7 Drug and Alcohol Rehab Referral Service (Private, High End Facilities) 1-800-521-7128

The Alcohol & Drug Addiction Resource Center 1 800 390 4056

National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline:  800-662-HELP (4357)

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Helpline and Treatment: 800-234-0420

Hotline numbers

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They’re well equipped to serve patients who wants to change

They offers impatient treatment,group therapy

High quality of service & highly treated staff members

Why REHAB centres?

Rehab centres in India1. Empower , Mumbai2. Phoenix foundation, Hyderabad3. Alcohol De-addiction centre, Pune4. Rehab society treatment & Recovery cntr ,

Banglore5. Living Free Foundation , Mumbai

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