Types of Addictions

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is the most commonly abused psychoactive substance in our society. Although alcohol is a depressant, its initial effect is an apparent stimulation. Experiencing a feeling of well-being and reducing inhibitions.

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Heroin, Smack, H, Brown

Heroin users describes a feeling of as surge of pleasurable sensation or rush. In its purest form, heroin is a fine white powder. But more often, it is found to be grey, brown or black in colour. The colouring comes from additives which has been used to dilute it.

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Marijuana, Dagga, Weed, Cannabis, Pot

People who smoke marijuana often experience altered perceptions of the world. Otherwise normal experience seems extremely funny, or the person might enter a dreamlike state in which time seems to stand still. Users often report heightened sensory experiences, seeing vivid colours or appreciating the subtleties of music.

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Methamphetamines, Crystal Meth, Ice, Tik

When taken, it creates a false sense of well-being and energy. It is mainly sold in crystal form but could be diluted with household ingredients which gives it different colour variations.

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Cat, Methcathinone, Bathtub Speed

Methcathinone is a derivative of a naturally occurring stimulant drug, cathinone, which is found in the khat plant. Users describes feelings of euphoria and increased alertness.

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Crack Cocaine, Snow Coke, Rocks

Crack cocaine gives you a heightened sense of alertness, euphoria and reduced feelings of fatigue. It’s a purer form of cocaine and it looks like rocks. It’s mainly off-white in colour but may appear pink.

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GHB, G, Liquid E

Used for calming and euphoric effects. Happiness and general sense of well-being is experienced. Some report increased sexual arousal. In large enough doses, GHB has been known as one of the ‘date-rape’ drugs due to its sedative effect as well as the amnesia that it causes.

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Mandrax, White Pipe, Buttons, Bread

Mandrax slows down the central nervous system and has a sedative effect, giving you the feeling of relaxed and carefree. It is a synthetic drug which comes in the form of tablet varying in colour and size. Ingredients include methaqualone (a sedative-hypnotic) and diphenhydramine (an antihistamine with sedative-hypnotic effects).

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Benzodiazepines

Xanax, Valium, Ativan

Usually taken for calming effects, some would say their experience is similar to the effects of alcohol (talkativeness). Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and present a host of symptoms that includes physical, psychological, and behavioural symptoms.

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Nyaope, Whoonga, Sugars, Ungah, Pinch

It is suggested that a person can become addicted to this dangerous drug after the first hit. Experiences include extreme relaxation, euphoria and deep contentment. It contains a mixture of substances including marijuana, low-grade heroin, and other additives such as antiretrovirals and rat poison.

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Cocaine, Coke, Blow, Snow

Cocaine increases alertness, produces euphoria, and give you the feeling of invincibility. The texture is similar to baby powder and range from a clear white, to an off-white and sometimes yellowish in colour.

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Ecstasy, E, Molly, MDMA

Ecstasy is a synthetic drug and is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens. It gives an increased sense of confidence, energy, feelings of wellbeing, feelings of closeness to others, empathy and heightened senses.

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