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Abstinence:

Complete cessation of product usage without substituting another

Bong:

A rudimentary water pipe (eg a plastic bottle) which allows the smoke to accumulate and be humidified by water or alcohol prior to its being inhaled. This process allows the THC pass directly into the blood through the throat, the tongue and the respiratory passages.

The high caused by this is excessive, because the alcohol and cannabis magnify each others effects.

This is a very dangerous practice, which leads to premature cancer of the tongue and trachea. (We have received testimonies from 18 year olds).

Dependency:

Difficulty in functioning without a product. Physiological state setting in after using drugs and leading to repetitive self administering, sometimes against one's will.

Habituation:

Necessity of increasing the dosage of a psychotropic substance in order to achieve the original sensations.

Habituated to using the product, accustomed to and desensitized by it, the user needs to take it more frequently and in greater and greater quantities. Despite the terrible consequences, fatigue, poor academic results, lying, stealing; he can only think about drugs, about buying them and consuming them.

Half-life:

The time required by a healthy body, which no previous drug use, to eliminate 50% of the absorbed substance.

Hash Pipe:

A sometimes graduated metal cylinder or clay pipe to smoke hashish.

Potentializer:

Mixing certain types of drugs lead to the mutual increase in their effects. Alcohol is known to potentialize the effect of all other drugs.

Psychotropic:

Having an effect on the mind.

Releasing:

A product that has been stored in the body fat is reactivated by stress or fear: anger, physical or verbal violence, aggression.

Many road accidents are due to this phenomenon as the drug user finds himself under the influence of the product and loses his faculties.

Snort:

To inhale drugs through the nose.

Substitute: 

To replace a product by another. In toxicology, to give of a legal psychotropic drug made in a pharmaceutical laboratory–antidepressant, sleeping pills, anti-psychotics, amphetamines–to replace a "street" drug.

Trip:

To feel the effects of a psychotropic drug.

Withdrawal:

Ceasing consumption of a psychotropic drug.

The best results in the whole world are obtained thanks to complete abstinence.


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Quiz

Is alcohol a drug?

  • Yes
  • No

oui

Yes, Alcohol is a sedative drug. In drinking regularly a large amount of alcohol, one becomes an alcoholic within a few years. Alcohol is characteristically able to potentialize the effect of all other drugs it is mixed with. If one mixes alcohol with another or others drugs, one can very rapidly become a drug-addict.

Are our physicians concerned by drug addiction ?

  • Yes
  • No

oui

Physicians are the first witnesses of drug addiction (See: News or Did you know sections)

Are there pills to stop drugs ?

  • Yes
  • No

non

Drugs are not a disease. The best way to stop them is not to take any. Heroin addicts who achieved withdraw admit that complete abstinence is the only solution. They say it themselves : it is more difficult to withdraw from Subutex (substitution drugs) than from heroin…

Can a psychotropic drug lead to ill being, depression, suicide?

  • Yes
  • No

oui

Any psychotropic drug, be it legal - anxiolytic, tranquillizer, benzodiazepine, neuroleptic - or illegal - street drugs - leads to ill-being, depression and to suicide. See table with side effects of psychotropic drugs – Technical Information/Classification .

Voir le tableau des effets secondaires des drogues psychotropes (Fiches  / Classification)

Is anyone who takes drugs a drug-addict ?

  • Yes
  • No

non

A drug-addict is someone who takes drugs in order to solve problems created by taking drugs. S/he thinks that s/he can stop taking them whenever s/he wants, however, in spite of the harmful consequences caused by consuming drugs, s/he cannot. If the drug-addict experiences withdrawal symptoms he will think only about providing himself with drugs even if it means acting against his morals. The demand is so strong that anything linked with will, effort, love or morals gradually disappears completely. Lies, violence, aggressiveness, moral or physical suffering, self-harm, being afraid to take part in everyday life become the norm. Because of these evil acts, the drug-addict looses his/her self-esteem and goes deeper into loneliness and suicidal urges.