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Central Nervous System Depressant

A depressant or Central Nervous System Depressant is a downer, or a drug that slows down the body or a specific part of the body. Depressants range from a drug such as alcohol to sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications. Depressants are readily abused, physically addictive, and have serious potential for overdose.

One major category of depressants includes Barbiturates which were very popular in the first half of the 20th century. Examples of some widely abused barbiturates include Xanax, Ambien, Soma, Ketamine and nitrous oxide. Today many of these drugs are legally prescribed and as a result, many become hooked on them.

Other depressant drugs include alcohol and GHB. Alcohol has remained only second to marijuana as the most abused drug in the country. And, GHB has emerged as a significant drug of abuse throughout the United States. GHB is frequently taken with alcohol or other drugs that heightens its effects and is often found at bars, nightclubs, rave parties, and gyms. The primary abusers of both GHB and alcohol are teenagers and young adults.

In moderate amounts, depressants produce a state of intoxication that is remarkably similar to alcohol intoxication. Symptoms include slurred speech, loss of motor coordination, and impaired judgment. Depending on the dose, frequency, and duration of use, one can rapidly develop tolerance, physical dependence, and psychological dependence to depressants.

When an individual stops taking depressants, they usually experience physical withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms produce insomnia and anxiety, as well as depression. With a greater level of dependence, tremors and weakness are also present, and in its most severe form, the withdrawal syndrome can cause seizures and delirium. Unlike the withdrawal syndrome seen with most other drugs of abuse, withdrawal from depressants can be life threatening. Many who want to stop taking depressants require a medical detoxification to safely stop taking the drugs.

If you or someone you know is addicted to depressants call Narconon Arrowhead now at 800-468-6933.

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