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Drug Profile Paper
stimulants. The paper will identify psychological withdrawal symptoms associated with addiction. narcotics. over-the-counter drugs. the individual becomes dependent on the drug. In which case. no one is immune to addiction. because it is safe and legal. whether intentional or unintentional develop a high tolerance level and becomes dependent upon the drug. etc…. licit or illicit. But. if the user continues to increase his or her medications without approval. An individual using drugs for pain described by a physician is taking medications legally (licit). prescription. Whatever the reason. The paper will cover different drug substances. depressants. The individual who over medicate themselves with licit (prescription drugs. the body can become immune and the brain will need more dopamine than . This paper will discuss prescription drug abuse. There are many reasons why someone would use drugs. Overall. hallucinogens and cannabis.). The addiction usually begins when the individual continuously over medicates themselves against doctor’s orders. The drug substances identified in this paper will include. becoming an addict.DRUG PROFILE 2 Drug Profile The drug profile will explain the mind and behavior of individuals who are addicted to licit and/or illicit drugs. and how the drugs can lead to addiction. for pleasure. over-the-counter. depending on the users’ motive for use. Some addicts begin to use illegal drugs or street bought drugs to achieve the high tolerance level of the body and mind. etc…. The individual who abuse drugs. Drug addition can be intentional or unintentional. Some individuals believe it to be alright to increase the dosage of medicines doctors prescribe. the paper will explain the psychology and physiology of addiction. and explain the withdrawal effects the drugs have on an addict.
heredity..DRUG PROFILE 3 usual. Individuals who mix prescriptions drugs with street drug has an increased tendency of becoming an addict. A individual can become an addict when he or she no longer act in accordance with the present. Hallucinogens disrupt the brains neurotransmitters. because the drug provides a feeling of happiness and euphoria. etc…. wanting more even though the effects of the drug will not change. which make it impossible for the user to be in lasting relationships. When the brain is altered from drug use. When the brain detects deception. depressed self-destructive behavior. An individual who abuse drug can alter the chemical in the brain. certain factors must be considered. such as. irritable. judgment. mood changes. etc…. lack coping skills. the addict can become agitated. in most case the effect of hallucinogens are irreversible. Users of opiates become addicted to the drug. altering the nerve cells and fibers. insomnia. An addiction to hallucinogens causes agitation. Depressant reduce nerve cells functions in the cerebrum affecting the addicts’ concentration. Dysfunction of the prefrontal cortical system caused by an addiction effects. The drug opiates can be prescribed or bought on the street. suicidal/depressed. The addict that develops a high tolerance for drug substances becomes dependent. Opiates are narcotics generally prescribed by a physician for patients who need chronic pain relief. not future oriented. decision making. Drugs affect individuals differently. the individual can not function without the drug. these dysfunctions can cause permanent negative damage to the addict and all involved. The drug ecstasy is a hallucinogen that hinders an addict perception of what is real and what is not. etc…. etc…. Opiates are heavy drugs and extremely addictive. the drug is very popular. compulsive. withdrawn. mental and physical health environment. Addiction affect the users’ behavior and mindset. and inconsistent heartbeats can occur putting the addict life in danger. After using opiates .
Individual taking prescription drugs will innocently increase his or her medication. and depressed. etc…. and because of this an individual may feel the drug is harmless. psychosis. discombobulated.DRUG PROFILE 4 for a while. When the addict calms down from the stimulants he or she may feel like their body is crashing. loss of motivation. even though the FDA feels marijuana has no medical or health benefits. methamphetamine can interfere with normal functioning of the neurons and the brain circuits. the user brain may no longer function properly. Stimulants can be caffeine. These states are called medipot states and each state has specific rules for distributing the drug to patients. to feel happy. drained. However. suddenly feeling tired. the individual is frigidity. individuals use stimulant to enhance alertness. Stimulants are drugs that that reduce or eliminate the feeling of fatigue. When patients increase his or her own medications can cause abuse and lead to addiction. depression. anxiety. The individual is at risk of becoming dependent on the . research has found that the drugs such as the one’s mentioned deteriorate some critical life skills. get more energy. with the physician’s consent. which can cause permanent mental and physical damage. impairing memory and learning skills. Every extra pill swallowed increases an individual chance of becoming dependent on the drug and/or other drug substances. Using cannabis (marijuana) can lead to addiction. When a individual take the uppers they are speeding. and sometimes easily agitated. everything he or she does is fast. Marijuana was once only a street drug. Cannabis also known as marijuana is a drug most individuals believe has no serious side effects. increased heart rate. Drug such as cocaine. etc…. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs can be addictive because no medical approval is needed. but recently states like California and Colorado has legalized marijuana (medical marijuana) use for chronically ill patients.
. The drugs no longer have the same effect. increased cravings. To name a few. social dysfunctions. depending on the individuals’ psychological and/or physiological state. however. robbing. because in some cases the individual may have seizures or other medical emergencies that requires on the spot medical attention.DRUG PROFILE 5 drug due to an increased tolerance level for the drug. When an addict body is going through detoxification his or her life can be in danger. when using drugs. using drugs in a compulsive manner and finding it hard to stop using the drug does. There are many factors that can influence an individuals’ behavior. wrong peer groups. these symptoms may cause an addict to relapse. making it hard for the addict to quit using the drug. fatigue. stealing. all drugs drastically affect how the brain and body work. lack of concentration. If someone is going through withdrawal he or she may or may not need medical supervision. pains. depression. The addicted individual will go above and beyond to get the drug. Withdrawal symptoms for the drugs mentioned vary. If someone uses drugs that does not mean the individual is addicted to the drugs. Withdrawal symptoms can include. etc…. in most cases the addict feels like he or she is about to die. taking from family members. environmental. and genetic factors can all play a role in addiction. The concept of what is right and what is wrong is illogically distorted in an addict. anxiety. causing the individual to need and want more of the drug. tremors. aches. chills.
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