Depressants, also known as downers, are one of the most commonly abused categories of drugs. Depressants drugs lower neurotransmission levels and lower stimulation in various areas of the brain. The most widely used depressants today are alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines. Alcohol itself is a strong depressant and one that has been used by humans for centuries.
Many individuals who abuse depressant drugs are looking for the calming effects that the drugs have. Over time, they will chase the effects of depressants at any costs. Physical and psychological dependence can occur rapidly, and an individual can find themselves having serious withdrawal symptoms if they are unable to procure their depressant of choice. Individuals who abuse depressants can also find themselves having uncontrollable mood swings or becoming uncharacteristically aggressive towards others.
For many, there have been drug-induced anxiety, psychosis, and mood disorders. When a depressant drug has taken over an individual’s life, it may take time for that individual to seek out help to end the cycle of depressant abuse. Any individual who finds themselves abusing depressants such as alcohol, opioids, benzos, and barbiturates, should start in a detox facility where they are safely medically supervised. After detox, individualized substance abuse treatment can drastically improve lives. All it takes a bit of determination, the ability to work for things to get better, and the strength and resolve to get started on the road to recovery.