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November 15, 2021by BlueSky
                       

                        Toxic Withdrawal Effects 

           Is the temporary relief worth the side effects?

Substance/Activity Possible Toxic Effects Possible Withdrawal Effects
Marijuana  Reduction in your ability to concentrate and remember things; paranoia; lack of motivation to achieve goals; daily use increases lung cancer risk Increase in anxiety if you depend upon it for stress reduction; irritability and mild depression
Cocaine Stealing to get the drug, which can lead to arrest and jail time; paranoia (peak and freak) and aggressiveness; overdose can produce heart attack, seizures, and death; irritated nasal passages; loss of loved ones; loss of employment and ability to be employed; financial ruin; nonexistent sex drive; emotional deadening; sleeplessness for days; easily exploited by others Going through the “jones”; depression; intense cravings; anxiety; psychotic thoughts
Heroin Reduced effectiveness of immune system; increased susceptibility to HIV/AIDS; stealing, arrest, and jail time; loss of ability to be employed; loss of loved ones and self-respect; overdose can produce convulsions, coma, and death; financial ruin; nonexistent sex drive; emotional deadening; easily exploited by others Flu-like symptoms: water eyes, runny nose, loss of appetite, tremors, panic feelings, chills, sweats, muscle cramps, elevated vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration); if untreated seizures, death 
Alcohol Memory impairment; brain cell destruction; drunk-driving arrest, loss of license, and jail time; death in an auto accident; vehicular manslaughter due to drunk driving; loss of employment; loss of loved ones, and self-respect; financial problems; loss of sex drive; emotional deadening; aggressiveness Heavy sweating, rapid pulse rate; hand tremors; insomnia; nausea and vomiting; visual, touch, or auditory hallucinations or illusions; anxiety and agitation; grand mal seizures and, if untreated, death
Ecstasy (MDMA) Brain damage through nerve-ending degeneration and abnormal regrowth leading to mental impairments that may be irreversible; susceptibility to exploitation while high; wide variety of physical symptoms; paranoia, psychotic behavior, panic, depression, sleep problems, and confusion Possible mental haziness, confusion; largely unknown 
Physical self-injury Medical emergencies; physical disfiguration; scars; involuntary hospital confinement; suicide death  Strong urges to self-injure when stressed; panic feelings
Excessive sex HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases; rape, attack; loss of self-respect; exploitation by others Strong urges to have sex; a reduced sense of self-worth (“no one wants me”); more frequent masturbation
Fast, reckless driving Auto accidents; injury or death; frequent traffic tickets, loss of driver’s license; high insurance rates; loss of automobile transportation Boredom while driving; strong urges to speed

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