Street Drug Detox Program
Street Drug Abuse
Street Drugs – This term is used for all drugs that are sold illegally. This can include your usual ideas as to street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, crack, speed, etc. but can also include other prescription drugs that are illegally obtained and sold on the street. Street drugs are the worst and most dangerous because they are not regulated. They are illegal because of the harmful and uncontrolled effects they have on the user.
Using street drugs can be a temptingly easy way to change or control one’s mood and psychological state. There are continuous trends in drug use and the use of a certain drug may be associated with a particular lifestyle or subculture.
Street drugs are sometimes known as “recreational drugs”. They can be classified as stimulants, depressants and hallucinogens. Some drugs, however, can overlap these categories. For example ecstasy is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen. While low grade cannabis (hash) works as a depressant, stronger versions such as skunk may also have hallucinogenic properties.
Stimulants work by increasing activity in the brain. They have the short-term effect of making one feel lively, talkative, confident and euphoric. They are attractive to club and party-goers because they enhance sensory experience and postpone the need for sleep. As their effect wears off, however, they can leave you feeling restless, irritable or washed out. There may, therefore, be a temptation to avoid these ”coming down” feelings by taking more of the drug. Long-term use or high doses can lead to:
- Extreme agitation
- Paranoia particularly in susceptible individuals.
The most common stimulants are:
- Amphetamines (speed and meth)
- Ecstasy (a hallucinogenic amphetamine)
- Anabolic steroids (used illegally to enhance strength and performance in sports)
- Amyl nitrite (poppers)
- Crack cocaine
Depressants work by suppressing the central nervous system. They can therefore induce a state of relaxation or sedation as well as reducing the intensity of pain of emotions such as fear, anger or anxiety. They can also have short term effects as follows:
- Reducing intellectual ability and the ability to concentrate or retain information
- Reducing motivation and energy
- Reducing manual dexterity e.g. the ability to operate machinery, drive, climb, or swim.
Examples of depressants are:
- Opiates such as heroin, diamorphine (smack), morphine, pethidine, and methadone
- Benzodiazepines (tranquilizers such as Xanax, Valium and Temazepam). These may be prescribed for short-term use to combat anxiety but they also have an illegal market when sold on the street.
- Cannabis (many street names such as hash, dope, weed, gear). Long-term use or high doses may lead to depression, increased anxiety, an inability to deal effectively with emotions, short-term memory loss and insomnia.
These drugs enhance sensory perceptions – sight, sound, smell and touch. On a pleasant “good trip”, a person may experience increased a misleading sense of self-awareness and mystical or ecstatic feelings. On a “bad trip”, there may be unpleasant feelings of disorientation, panic, and/or paranoia. These effects may last several hours. People can also suffer “flashbacks” where they re-live experiences when tripping. This can be intensely disorientating and anxiety provoking. A bad trip is more likely to occur in someone who is already anxious, depressed or unstable, or who takes the drug in an insecure environment.
- Hallucinogenic stimulants such as Ecstasy
- Magic mushrooms
- High potency cannabis such as “skunk”
Pür Detox: Your Professional Withdrawal and Detox Specialists
The staff at Pür Detox understand the severity of addiction and work with medical professionals to deliver competent and caring assistance to those in need. We are trained in detoxification and the handling of all adverse effects of withdrawal. And we have experience with detoxification from illegal drugs.
If you or someone you know is in need of help with a drug habit, we urge you to call our office at 1-888-803-3869 now and one of our Withdrawal Specialists will help answer any questions you have. If Pür Detox is not the right center for you we will help direct you to a center that fits what you are looking for. The call is confidential, toll-free and we’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help.