How do drugs affect people psychologically?

What is a drug? A drug is a substance that, once you introduce it to your body, changes the way it works. There are different types of drugs. There are legal and illegal drugs. Legal drugs include alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine and inhalants. Illegal drugs include hallucinogens, stimulants, narcotics (opiates), sedative/ hypnotics and anabolic androgenic steroids.

Legal drugs are available for people to purchase them if they are adults. They all have different psychological effects. Alcohol is a legal drug that makes you dizzy and unable to react immediately to things that are happening around you. Smoking cigarettes makes people relax at the beginning and aroused afterwards. Caffeine, if taken in proper amounts, can help you start your day, but it can make you jumpy if taken in larger amounts. Inhalants are products used in a wide variety of cleaning chores. Its fumes can provoke headaches and, also, make you dizzy.

The psychological effects of an illegal drug differ from one to another. Stimulants accelerate your bodily functions and make you do things rapidly. Hallucinogens make you see, hear and smell things that don't exist.  Sedatives/ hypnotics make you sleepy and unable to concentrate. Narcotics reduce your reaction to pain and make you unaware of your surroundings.   Anabolic androgenic steroids provides you with energy and strength, but you might not be able to stop exercising.

If you consume any drug, you can become addicted to it. Addiction is an illness that includes physiological dependence and psychological dependence. Physiological dependence means that if you are not taking the drug it will provoke changes in your bodily functions that will force you to consume the drug. Psychological dependence means that you think that you will not be able to do a given task without the drug in your body. If you want to quit using a drug, you need to get treatment to deal both with physiological and psychological dependence.

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