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Is Ecstasy As Addictive As Cocaine To Teenagers
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Very addictive: Cocaine is extremly reinforcing, meaning in one sitting of drug use and if the drug is available many people will tend to use that whole amount until the supply is gone. This is because the drug acts quick, esp with smoking or IV use and wears off quick and users want more. Cravings then can be very strong after the drug wears off. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is not just as dangerous as ecstacy. Mdma can produce confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and severe anxiety. Chronic users show impairment on cognitive or memory tasks. Studies in nonhuman primates showed exposure to mdma for 4 days caused damage to serotonin nerve terminals that was still evident 6 to 7 years later, with similar damage thought to occur in humans. ...Read more
Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?
Read your history: Since the beginning of civilization, every human society has had its own particular customs, traditions & laws re what's "licit" & what's ILlicit. Not just psychoactive chemicals, but everything, e.g. marriage. The roots of what substances are legal & which aren't are not rational: they're social, cultural & historical. There are many books about this fascinating subject for the general reader. ...Read more
It depends: "club drugs" like ecstasy can actually consist of anything. Drug dealers often substitute other drugs like php and then call it ecstasy. As you can imagine, none is fda approved for safety, purity, or effectiveness, to say the least. Some of these drugs can be very addicting, such as ghb. Think of yourself as a volunteer guinea pig: you never know what will happen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If it affects financ: If there are financial repurcussion yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not addicting but: Very habitual in some folks to the point that their lives are seriously damaged by the behavior. There are many reasons for that behavior including low self esteem, antisocial personality disorder, inability to ever be wrong and in some people just for the sheer thrill of doing it. Once the habit is well established it is hard to correct unless one admits to it and gets help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very Unsafe.: Both Cocaine and ecstasy can stimulate. Too much ecstasy can cause palpitations, chest pain, heart attack, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, stroke, be toxic to the heart, angina pectoris, destruction of blood vesselscoma, organ failure, coma and death. I wouldn't add Cocaine to that mix. All of these drugs are dangerous - in combination even worse! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: Abuse of any of the drugs can be deadly, but cocaine is not an opioid, but rather a sympathomimetic amine which can provoke heart attacks and stokes, killing in that fashion. Heroin can cause apnea, but so can any other narcotic in sufficient dosage. All are clearly addictive. ...Read more
Very common: It is the fastest raising population of abusers. Unfortunately, very common. About 50% of my patients are teenagers. The parents often have no idea. The biggest problem is that teenagers feel, which is unfortunately age-appropriate, that nothing bad will happen to them. Seeing their pears in troubles or even dying does not help. Find a psychiatrist who worked with teenagers, not just with addictio. ...Read more
Risks less but there: While the odds are less, secondhand smoke has been linked to the development of emphysema and heart disease, just like smoking. So not as intensely risky as smoking, but still risky. People who live with smokers do need to be careful and mind their own health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different drugs: Seconal (secobarbital) is barbiturate and used in the treatment of epilepsy and sometimes insomnia. Seroquel is used as adjunctive therapy in bipolar disorder. It is psychotropic agent with multiple side effects. Both medications should be used under physician guidance and supervision. ...Read more
Addiction: Benzodiazepines and opiates are different types of drugs, and act by different mechanisms on the body. But they are both habituating. Susceptible people may also use both in an addictive way: using more than intended, developing tolerance, and continuing to use despite adverse effects on relationships, work, and health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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