Drug abuse and addiction

Drug abuse and addiction

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / April 5th 2014

Many millions of people worldwide suffer from drug addiction and drug abuse, and this abuse destroys the lives of many, many more! This is because each drug addict, behavioral addict or alcoholic in active addiction is on a downward spiral that damages not only their own lives but the lives of their partners, children, extended families, work colleagues and friends Read more

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Workaholism

Workaholism

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

A workaholic is someone who is obsessively addicted to work and devotes an excessive amount of time to work at the expense of other pursuits. Read more

Sexual addiction

Sexual addiction

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Sexual addiction can be defined as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Read more

Self-mutilation

Self-mutilation

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Self-mutilation, self-injury or non-suicidal self-harm is the act of deliberate, repetitive, impulsive, non-lethal harming of one’s body. Read more

Rohypnol

Rohypnol

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Rohypnol is the trade name for flunitrazepam. It is a sleeping pill marketed by Roche Pharmaceuticals. On the street it is often call roofies, roche, R-2, rib and rope. The drug is a very potent tranquiliser similar to Valium, but much, much stronger. It produces a sedative effect, amnesia, muscle relaxation and a slowing of psychomotor responses. Read more

PCP

PCP

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Phencyclidine or PCP as it is more commonly known, was developed in the 1950s as an intravenous anaesthetic. Use of PCP in humans was discontinued in 1965, because it was found that patients often became agitated, delusional and irrational while recovering from its anaesthetic effects. Read more

Oxycontin

Oxycontin

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

OxyContin is the brand name for a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic containing the active ingredient oxycodone. OxyContin is a legal narcotic that is available, by prescription, to treat severe chronic or long-lasting pain. OxyContin contains between 10 and 160 milligrams of oxycodone in a timed-release tablet. Read more

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Methamphetamine is commonly known as speed, meth and chalk. In its smoked form it is often referred to as ice, crystal, crank and glass, and in South Africa as tik. It is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Methamphetamine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system. The drug is made easily in. . . Read more

Mandrax

Mandrax

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Mandrax is the chemical substance methaqualone. Mandrax sometimes comes in light and dark blue capsules or white scored tablets. It is sometimes crushed and smoked with dagga in a ‘white Pipe’. Mandrax is also often used as a ‘downer’ by tik users in order for them to be able to function more normally, or to be able to sleep. Read more

LSD

LSD

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as ‘acid’, is the most potent man-made hallucinogenic drug. Just 1/250 millionth of a gram can cause altered perceptions of reality. Read more

Ketamine

Ketamine

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Ketamine, or ketamine hydrochloride, is a non-barbiturate, rapid-acting dissociative anaesthetic used on animals and humans. It has also been used in human medicine for paediatric burn cases and dentistry, and in experimental psychotherapy. It is being abused by an increasing number of young people as a ‘club drug’, and is often distributed at raves and parties. Read more

Internet addiction

Internet addiction

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Internet addiction is characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviours regarding computer use and internet access that lead to impairment or distress. Read more

Inhalants

Inhalants

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

These include spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays, vegetable oil sprays for cooking and fabric protector sprays. Read more

Heroin

Heroin

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive, semi-synthetic drug processed from morphine. Morphine is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian poppy plant. Read more

GHB

GHB

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Originally developed as an anaesthetic, GHB is a naturally occurring 4-carbon molecule sold in powdered, liquid or capsule form. Its chemical name is gamma-hydroxybutyric acid Read more

Gambling addiction

Gambling addiction

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Gambling addiction, or compulsive gambling is a behavioural addiction. Gambling addiction differs from gambling in the same way that controlled drinking differs from alcoholism. In gambling addiction, like any other addiction, gambling has reached a point where it is out of control, despite the damages being caused through the compulsive gambling. Read more

Ecstasy

Ecstasy

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Ecstasy is generally used to refer to pills, and some view this as a less ‘pure’ form. Actually many people think they are different drugs altogether! Anyhow, Ecstasy (or ‘E’) is harder for the merchant to add adulterants to, but this does not mean that the wholesaler did not add them when the powder was first made into pill form. Read more

Eating disorders

Eating disorders

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Eating disorders are a group of disorders that generally interfere with the normal consumption of food. An eating disorder cannot be defined by how much someone weighs or what someone eats, but by the quality of his or her thinking in relation to food and weight. Eating disorders are serious psychiatric disorders, which if left untreated can result in the deterioration of one’s life and even death. . . Read more

Compulsive shopping

Compulsive shopping

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

As with all behavioural addictions, compulsive shopping differs from heavy shopping in that it sits on the other side of a thin grey line in terms of ‘how much is too much?’. Read more

Compulsive hoarding

Compulsive hoarding

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Compulsive hoarding (hoarding addiction) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Read more

Compulsive exercising

Compulsive exercising

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Exercise is a vital activity for all human beings, and statistics show clearly that the average person does not exercise enough. Nevertheless, some people exercise to the point that it is actually destructive, and find it hard to abstain from this compulsion, no matter what the reason. Read more

Codependency

Codependency

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Codependence is the excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, frequently one with an illness or addiction who requires support. Read more

Cocaine

Cocaine

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Cocaine addiction is an illness where the user struggles with the inability to stop using cocaine despite the damages it is causing. Read more

Cannabis addiction

Cannabis addiction

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Cannabis addiction is an illness concerning the inability to stop using cannabis despite the damages it is causing. Read more

Abusing Anabolic steroids

Abusing Anabolic steroids

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Steroid users subject themselves to more than 70 side effects ranging in severity from acne to liver cancer Read more

Alcoholism

Alcoholism

Drug abuse and addiction / Category/ Emile Du Toit / May 5th 2014

Alcoholism is an addiction just like any other. It is a disease that involves a reduction in ability to stop drinking after the first drink. Read more

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