Highly addictive substances like marijuana, meth, and heroin are classified as illicit substances. Most people use these drugs by choice at first, but addiction can quickly develop and make life more difficult. These drugs alter the way the brain works and changes the person’s behavior as well as how they think.

How It Starts

Addictions start with voluntarily trying a substance, but soon the body becomes dependent on it. This physical dependence is the first mark of an issue with substance abuse. A growing tolerance to the substance as well as withdrawal symptoms start to occur, so you will need more of the substance to get the same effects you are used to. Withdrawal symptoms can occur within hours of your last dose of a substance – your body’s signal that it is dependent. Symptoms can be severe and can result in seizures or even death.

Psychological dependence on the substance is next. The user starts to feel as though they need to partake in the substance to feel normal. They may want to stop using the substance and make other priorities, but the drug calls them back, and they begin to feel unable to stop. This can be difficult without professional help, which is why rehab centers play such an important role in recovering from substance abuse.

There are many distractions and temptations in the home, from television to social media sites. Drugs are easily accessible when there is no supervision or accountability, making relapse a possibility before a detox has even begun. Rehab center provide users with a safe place to detox and recover from their addiction.

Illicit Drugs

  • Cocaine – Made from the leaves of the coca plant that grows in South America, cocaine is extremely addictive. It is snorted, injected, smoked, and can even be rubbed into the skin.
  • Hallucinogens – PCP, LSD, salvia, and mushrooms are drugs that alter the mind and cause hallucinogenic effects. These drugs are less likely to result in addictions, but the side effects can be severe.
  • Crack Cocaine – This is more potent than cocaine itself and comes in crystals or blocks of solid material. When it is smoked, it reaches the brain and causes an intense yet temporary high.
  • Heroin – This super-addictive substance is made from the poppy plant, which is the plant responsible for opium. It’s often injected into the veins, but it can be smoked, snorted, or ingested by mouth.
  • Meth – Meth is one of the most dangerous drugs in the United States. It produces some immediate effects, such as alertness, energy, and euphoria, but it can also cause violent behavior, dental issues, paranoia, and psychosis.
  • Ecstasy – Ecstasy is a popular party drug, making its way to raves across the country. It causes enhanced sensory perception and lowers inhibition. It can be injected or snorted, but it is most commonly taken orally as a pill.
  • Synthetic Marijuana – Marijuana that is made of chemicals similar to THC are available legally, but the effects are often unpredictable and can be much more intense than marijuana itself.
  • Ketamine – This is often used in veterinary hospitals as an anesthetic. Ketamine is responsible for causing confusion, hallucinations, and sedation.
  • Marijuana – This is the most commonly abused substance due to its main ingredient, THC. THC causes drowsiness as well as temporary feelings of euphoria. Your reaction is slowed, and the appetite is increased.
  • Inhalants – Household items can become dangerous when they are inhaled. Glues, markers, spray paints, and even cleaning supplies can cause users to experience a high. This, however, is extremely dangerous and can result in heart failure with prolonged use.

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