Mind-altering drugs, or psychoactive drugs, often have a way of affecting the brain’s communication system and interfering with the way the neurons normally send, receive, and process information. Some drugs can activate neurons because their chemical structure is like that of a neurotransmitter, which essentially “tricks” the brain into taking in those chemicals as its own. Other drugs may cause our brain to produce an overload of natural neurotransmitters, disrupting our communication channels.

When a person suffers from drug addiction, the natural chemicals in their body become replaced with the drug’s chemicals. This creates an offset in balance within the body, and could be fatal for someone who is trying to recover by quitting the drugs suddenly and completely. If someone attempts to use psychoactive drugs to combat their addiction without a doctor’s consent, the results could be very dangerous. The person may damage cells in the body or may become addicted to a different drug. The best way to recover from an addiction is to seek a doctor to begin treatment and start the recovery process.

When someone undergoes treatment for recovery, their body experiences detoxification. This is what happens to the body naturally to neutralize and get rid of unwanted toxins. People may be given medication and in some cases, the drug itself, to either slowly come down from their addiction or to help them cope with the harsh effects of detox. However, one should not use any drugs on their own to combat the addiction – reliance should be on a doctor and health care team to determine which medications would work best with your body and addiction.

Common bodily reactions to detox include: anxiety, depression, nausea, seizures, muscle aches, and sweating, but there are safer medications that a doctor can prescribe to help a person work through these unwanted symptoms. Although uncomfortable, detoxification symptoms are typically at their worst for the first two weeks.

If someone is given medication throughout their recovery period, close monitoring by a doctor is required. A doctor examines the patient’s heart rate, temperature, breathing rate and fluid levels to ensure a patient’s safety through recovery. Mind-altering drugs are never to be taken by a person without consulting a doctor and treatment center. The best way to recover is to begin your journey in the hands of a licensed health care professional.


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