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New Drug Overview

    Reasons for use (psychoactive drugs): pleasure, joy, euphoria; meeting social expectations, stress reduction, escaping!

Key terms :

    Addiction - means that a person has developed a behavioral pattern of drug abuse that is marked by an overwhelming & compulsive desire to obtain & use the drug; even after stopping. (memory aid: the addiction of the mind to the drug)
    Tolerance - The power possessed or acquired by some persons of bearing doses of medicine which in ordinary cases would prove injurious or fatal.
    Dependency - being abnormally tolerant to & dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs) (memory aid: the dependency of the body on the drug)
    Withdrawal symptoms - The physical or psychological state experienced when substances are withdrawn from an addicted person.

  The use of drugs both legal & illegal is widespread.

  Control of illegal drugs is relatively ineffective.

Effects of drugs on nervous system:
         •  Drugs mimic neurotransmitters
         •  Drugs block removal of neurotransmitters (reuptake)

General Psychology
Robert C. Gates