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Depressants
Drugs that reduce the activity of the nervous system (alcohol, downers, and narcotics).


Designer Drugs
Illegal drugs are defined in terms of their chemical formulas. To circumvent these legal restrictions, underground chemists modify the molecular structure of certain illegal drugs to produce analogs known as designer drugs. Most are related to amphetamines. This can cause neurochemical damage to the brain.


Detoxification
A treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol intended to rid the body from addictive substances.


Downers
Barbiturates, minor tranquilizers, and related depressants.


Drug
A drug is any chemical substance that alters mood, perception, or consciousness.


Drug Abuse
Pathological use of prescribed or un-prescribed chemical substance.


Dual Diagnosis
Substance abuse or chemical dependency in addition to or co-existing with a psychiatric disorder.