A psychoactive drug is a chemical substance, whether of natural or synthetic origin, that affects the brain to produce alterations in mood, thinking, perception or behaviour.
These drugs may be used recreationally to purposefully alter one’s consciousness, as entheogens for ritual or spiritual purposes, or as medication. Drug abuse is a major public health problem in the United States.
Psychoactive substances are used by humans for a number of different purposes, both legal and illicit.
Many psychoactive substances are used for their mood and perception altering effects, including those with accepted uses in medicine and psychiatry.
Drug abuse is also a social problem with far-reaching effects. Drug abuse may lead to violence, poverty, homelessness and a variety of serious diseases.
Causes of Psychoactive drug abuse
The common causes and risk factor’s of Psychoactive Drug Abuse:
- Family history, genetic predisposition.
- Biochemical factors.
- Reinforcing effects of drugs.
- Early initiation.
- Sensation seeking. (Feeling high).
Symptoms of Psychoactive drug abuse
Some sign and symptom related to Psychoactive drug abuse are as follows:
- Muscle weakness.
- Respiratory depression & arrest.
- Loss of appetite.