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Key risk factors responsible for triggering drug-seeking behavior

Key risk factors responsible for triggering drug-seeking behavior

Characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite knowing the negative consequences, addiction is a chronic brain disease that has paralyzed millions of people worldwide. In the United States alone, an estimated 28.6 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users in 2016.

Despite the tough laws and regulations, the mortality rate due to illicit drug abuse continues to grow. This rise in the mortality rate has been attributed to overdose deaths, adverse health effects, poor socioeconomic condition, etc. Read more

Ways LSD alters the consciousness of self

Ways LSD alters the consciousness of self

Historically, people have been using hallucinogenic substances since the ancient times. These substances help in enhancing the psychedelic state of consciousness by triggering significant psychological effects that generate spiritual experiences.

The practice of using psychedelic substances has stretched beyond the indigenous use. Any form of hallucinogenic substances like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin, ketamine, etc. can make the brain enter a higher state of consciousness. As per some studies, the changes in the brain activity are often followed by numerous sensations, including the feeling of floating that induces inner peace. Read more

Dangers of abusing ‘forget pill’ Rohypnol

Dangers of abusing ‘forget pill’ Rohypnol

Popularly known as a date rape drug, flunitrazepam or Rohypnol is a club drug used rampantly in parties, raves, etc. Some other common slangs used for Rohypnol include “forget pill” and “forget me drug.” Despite exhibiting similar properties, it is 10 times stronger than Valium, a drug of the benzodiazepine family that produces a calming effect.

This intermediate-acting benzodiazepine is prescribed for the treatment of short-term insomnia. It is also used as an anesthesia during surgical procedures. Like any other tranquilizers, Rohypnol can induce sedation, relax muscles, reduce anxiety and prevent convulsions. Unfortunately, the key features of Rohypnol are being heavily abused as a tool for rapes and an illegal medium to decrease depression inflicted by stimulants like cocaine. Read more

Role of art therapy in addiction treatment

Role of art therapy in addiction treatment

Millions of people across the globe succumb to an addiction to illicit substances or to a relapse because they fail to exercise self-control, which is a must for leading a sober life. However, multiple strategies can be adopted to help people struggling with an addiction to break-free from the shackles of substance use disorder and enjoy a sober life. One of these strategies is art therapy, which is used as a therapeutic intervention for people struggling with an addiction. However, it is not used as a stand-alone therapy but always as a part of a multipronged approach. Read more

Bath salts more dangerous than perceived

Bath salts more dangerous than perceived

The abuse of illicit drugs has become a serious and multifaceted problem in the United States, with millions of people falling in the vicious cycle of addiction. Despite tough laws and regulations, there has been an incredible increase in mortality rate due to illicit drug abuse. The escalation in the mortality rate has been attributed to overdose deaths, adverse health effects, poor socioeconomic condition, etc. Read more