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Drug Addiction - Should we Really be Worried?

Answering your questions about drugs and where you can go to get more information or help

Philip Chave, Spiritual Healer. Drugs questions.
What drugs are out there? - A guide for parents .....

Club Drugs = Speed (Amphetamines), Cocaine (Crack), Marijuana (Cannabis), Alcohol.
Date Rape = GHB (Liquid E, Liquid X), Rohypnol (ropies, ruffies, roofies, roche, R-2, mexican valium, rib, and rope).
Opiates = Heroin.
Prescription = Prescription Drugs, Oxycontin, Anabolic Steroids.
Psychedelics = Ecstasy, LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), PCP (Phencyclidine, Angel dust, ozone, wack), Magic Mushrooms, Inhalants (volatile substances or solvents).

Why do people take drugs anyway?....... People take drugs for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it's because they think drugs can make them forget their worries, and some kids can come up with hundreds of different reasons to be worried. Sometimes it's because their friends do, or because they think it might be fun.

There may be very real deep seated traumas that tempt our children into the world of drugs. Behavioural problems, parental death, divorce, college problems, school bullying, depression, fears, phobias, general sadness, anxiety, eating disorders, the list is as varied as it is huge. The list of things that are negative in a pre-addicts life, normally far outweigh those that are positive, and on a simple balance of scales the negative wins every time.

Some drugs, like cocaine and speed, can make people feel energetic and over-active. Others, like LSD, can make people see and hear strange things.

It can be difficult to describe exactly what happens to people when they take drugs, because it often depends on their mood at the time, whether they are alone or with friends, where they are and the atmosphere of the place at the time (at home alone may be quiet or a club may be energetic and high volume). One thing is certain: Drugs affect people in different ways.

Name: Cannabis
Slang names: grass, blow, weed, spliff, ganja, dope, hash.
What it looks like: The leaves, stalks and seeds of the cannabis plant look like greeny brown tobacco. Cannabis resin usually looks like small brown lumps.
How is it taken? It's made into a 'joint' which looks a bit like a cigarette. It can be smoked on its own, in a special pipe or even cooked and eaten.
What's it like to take this drug? It makes people feel relaxed and more friendly. People giggle and want to talk a lot.
What are the risks? Cannabis can make you paranoid. People can imagine that everyone around them is talking about them and making fun of them. It can make people feel very panicky and anxious. People get confused and are more likely to have accidents. All normal functions are affected and can be dangerous; operating machinery, riding a bike or even crossing the road, for example.
People who take cannabis often have bloodshot eyes, a dry mouth and feel very tired and hungry. They can feel dizzy and sick, especially if cannabis has been mixed with alcohol. Like tobacco, cannabis can cause bronchitis and lung cancer.

Name: LSD (Acid)
Slang names: Trips, acid, tabs, microdots.
What it looks like: Small paper squares with a picture on them.
How is it taken? Sucked and swallowed.
What's it like to take this drug? People may see unusual shapes and objects may appear to change. Everything may seem to speed up or slow down. Colours may seem really bright. Sometimes, takers hear strange noises. The effects of LSD are known as a 'trip'.
What are the risks? Once a 'trip' has started, it can't be stopped. Sometimes people feel hot, sick or dizzy. A bad 'trip' can last for hours and make the person feel really panicky and afraid. Some people can have 'flashbacks' - when they suddenly see or hear things from a previous LSD trip. Many who use LSD a lot become mentally ill.

Name: Gases, Glues and Aerosols.
What it looks like: Aerosol cans, lighter gas, lighter fluid, tins or tubes of glue.
How is it taken? Fumes are sniffed, breathed or sprayed into the mouth or nose.
What's it like to take this drug? People often feel as if they are drunk and 'on a high', laughing and talking a lot. They are sometimes willing to do things they would be too scared or shy to do normally. Some see things that aren't really there.
What are the risks? People can feel dizzy, sick or drowsy. People can lose control of their balance and stagger and fall about. This can be dangerous, especially if someone is alone or in an unsafe place, like the street. Sniffing with a plastic bag over the head can make it hard to breathe and lead to suffocation. There's a high risk of passing out and choking on vomit.
It's even more dangerous to mix sniffing with alchohol. Sniffing or spraying gas into the mouth can cause almost instant death. Someone (in the UK) dies every week from sniffing.

Name: Ecstasy.
Slang names: E, echoes, doves, biscuits.
What it looks like: Tablets of varying colours and shapes.
How is it taken? Swallowed.
What's it like to take this drug? Some people can feel full of energy or excited and think that everyone is their friend. There can be slight changes in the way people see and hear things. The energy 'buzz' is often followed by a feeling of calm.
What are the risks? Some people feel panicky and frightened. The 'spaced out' and dizzy feeling means that accidents are frequent. When the effects wear off, people can feel very tired but find it difficult to get to sleep. Taking ecstasy and dancing for a long time in a hot place, like a club, can make the body overheat. This can be very dangerous and can even kill.
People have died after taking ecstasy only once.

Name: Magic Mushrooms.
Slang names: Mushies, happies, sillies, 'shrooms.
What it looks like: Brown, dried up mushrooms.
How is it taken? Usually they are eaten, but they can be made into a tea-type drink.
What's it like to take this drug? It gives users a 'trip', a bit like taking LSD. People who take magic mushrooms often laugh a lot.
What are the risks? People usually feel sick and often get stomach ache. Accidents can happen because people get confused and clumsy. Another real danger is eating the wrong type of mushrooms; many mushrooms which look like magic mushrooms, are actually poisonous.

Name: Amphetamines (Speed).
Slang names: Speed, uppers, whizz, amph, sulphate.
What it looks like: Dirty white or orangey, yellow powder or tablets.
How is it taken? Swallowed, smoked or sniffed up the nose. Injected, or mixed with liquid and drunk.
What's it like to take this drug? It makes people feel they have more energy, want to talk a lot and be 'raring to go'.
What are the risks? Some people can become tense and feel anxious. Speed can make people have bad mood swings and lose their appetite. When the drug wears off, people feel very tired but find it difficult to sleep. When used for a long time or in quantity, it can make people feel confused, sad and unhealthy. People who take a lot of speed, risk straining their heart, and this can kill.

Name: Heroin.
Slang names: H, smack, skag, horse, junk brown, downer.
What it looks like: Off white, browny powder, usually wrapped in small packets of paper.
How is it taken? It can be injected, smoked or sniffed through the nose.
What's it like to take this drug? It slows people down and makes them feel drowsy and separate from the real world.
What are the risks? People can become addicted and need more of the drug to feel good as their tolerance increases. It's very difficult for someone to stop taking heroin once they are addicted. Some people take too much and can die. Some may inject heroin, or other drugs, with dirty or used needles and are at risk from life threatening diseases.

Name: Anabolic Steroids.
Product names: Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol, Stanozolol.
What it looks like: Tablets or oily liquids.
How is it taken? Tablets are swallowed, liquids are injected into muscle.
What's it like to take this drug? When taken over a long period of time and combined with exercise, anabolic steroids make people more muscular.
What are the risks? Taking anabolic steroids can really damage health and stop young people growing properly. Boys may grow breasts and girls more body hair.
Sports men and women risk being banned from sport, sometimes for years, ruining their own health long term, damaging the image of sport, and being regarded worldwide as a cheat.

Name: Cocaine.
Slang names: Coke, snow, charlie, C.
What it looks like: White powder, often wrapped in small packets of paper or cling film.
How is it taken? Sniffed up the nose or injected.
What's it like to take this drug? It makes people feel more confident and energetic.
What are the risks? It can make users feel uptight and panicky. It can also make them feel sick and stop them sleeping properly. After the effects have worn off, they can feel very tired and depressed. People can become addicted and want more and more of the drug.

Name: Tranquillisers.
Slang names: Valium, Ativan, Mogadon (moggies), Temazepam (mazzies), tranx.
What it looks like: Shaped capsules or tablets of varying colours.
How is it taken? Swallowed or injected.
What's it like to take this drug? In small doses they make people feel sleepy and relaxed.
What are the risks? Once someone becomes used to taking tranquilisers, they can find it difficult to stop. People using tranquillisers often get headaches, feel sick and become confused when they stop taking them. Taking too many can make people feel that they don't care about anything, make them unconscious and even kill them. Injecting tranquilliser tablets or capsules is very dangerous.

Name: Poppers (alkyl nitrites).
Slang names: Rush, ram, liquid gold, amyl.
What it looks like: Gold-coloured liquid in small bottles.
How is it taken? Breathing in the vapours from an opened bottle.
What's it like to take this drug? It can make people feel a 'rush' of energy. The effects don't last very long.
What are the risks? If taken when dancing or doing something energetic, it can make people faint. People get headaches, feel sick and cough a lot, as the vapours irritate the lungs. Swallowing the liquid can kill. It is also very dangerous for anyone with a heart problem as using it can kill them.

Would you know what to do in an emergency?
Sometimes drugs can make people feel very drowsy - or even unconscious. Sometimes people who have taken drugs can get very tense and panicky. They may start to hyperventilate (breathe very quickly) and feel sick and dizzy. You can't say which drugs cause these problems, different drugs affect different people in different ways.
If someone is drowsy or unconscious. ......
  • Make sure they have plenty of cool, fresh air.
  • Don't frighten or startle them in any way.
  • Don't throw water over them.
  • Turn them on their side and put them in the recovery position.
  • Get to a phone, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
  • Give any drugs you may find to the ambulance crew. This helps in diagnosis.
If someone is getting in a panic. ......
  • Try to calm them down by talking quietly to them.
  • Keep them away from loud noises and bright lights.
  • Reassure them that the panicky feeling will gradually go away.
  • Never get angry with them even if they don't seem to understand you. They probably don't.
Many people are alive today because their family and mates knew what to do in an emergency and acted promptly.

Where can I get more information - as a user and as a parent?
Don't rely on friends, the papers or the television for accurate information. Friends and other drug users continue to perpetuate a plethora of myths about drugs and these views can be very biased. If you want the real information on drugs, ring the
National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.

The National Drugs Helpline offers free and confidential advice for users, potential users and the parents of users. They can send you free leaflets and answer questions you want to ask. You can also find out how to contact your local drug agency and details about other organisations, including self help groups, across the country.
If you prefer to write, you can get help from: The Health Education Authority, Trevelyan House, 30 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW

Does Spiritual Healing help with drug addiction? ... I have to say, that I am convinced that it does!! Healers cannot, and should never, promise a cure from addiction, or say they can free someone from the physical symptoms of drug dependency. But, at the same time, none of us should limit the power of our own Healing Energy, once it's been triggered and given direction. There is little wrong with any of us that I have not found is helped in some way by Spiritual Healing.

Those that turn to drugs are often traumatized by life, depressed, see drugs as a way of masking underachievement, or a way of coping with the stresses of their position at the top of the social and financial tree. Healing can help to address the underlying reason for experimenting with drugs in the first place. It can give an addict the power to help themselves, something that a drug habit takes away. Healing also offers something to an addict that is more powerful than the drug, the power to escape addiction.
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