Substance abuse, or drug abuse, is the patterned, continual use of a substance in amounts or using methods that are harmful to the user or to others. Drugs abused in this country are plentiful and many. There are a number of theories regarding why some people turn to drugs and abuse them. These include genetics, learned behaviors, and self-treatment for other disorders. Columbia substance abuse rehab centers are ready to help you, or someone you love, find the right treatment center.
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The most common drugs abused are alcohol, bath salts (synthetic cathinones), cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, synthetic marijuana, marijuana, ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine, prescription drugs, anabolic steroids, and nicotine (tobacco).
Alcohol - Alcoholism is often not considered drug abuse and is legally accessible to most people, thus becoming one of easier and more socially acceptable drugs to use. Alcohol is a mild depressant that primarily affects the nervous system and higher cognitive functions of the user. Prolonged abuse can have serious physical effects, some of which may be permanent.
Marijuana - Some people have severe adverse reactions to prolonged cannabis use and the most common intake method, smoking, has serious physical effects on a person's lungs and bronchial tubes.
Heroin – This accounts for about 51,000 deaths every year and is one of the most addictive drugs of abuse. Heroin's side effects include depressed nervous system reactions, an increased likelihood of infection both at the injection site and of the neurological system, and worse. Many overdose accidentally or because of contaminants in the heroin used.
Ecstasy - This has a chemical signature that causes several reactions within the user's body, many of which can lead to dehydration, cardiac arrest, or long-term psychiatric damage. Its effects are similar to methamphetamine.
Meth - This drug can lead quickly to serious addiction habits that eventually cause long-term physical damage to the user. Overdose and death are not uncommon with this drug, even for first-time users.
Bath salts - Often made up with other substances such as cathinone (khat), a stimulant found in many types of chemical stimulants such as mephedrone and methylone. These cause cardiopulmonary problems that can lead to heart attack or death.