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Understanding Addiction In our fast pace and high stress society sleep is a highly sought after luxury, and most people are willing to use medications to get it. There are a broad range of medications used to induce sleep. These include antihistamines, antidepressant, benzodiazepines (benzos), and benzodiazepine-like medications. Most of these are relatively safe. Some, like the benzos and benzo-like drugs, are typically designed to only be used short-term because they can lead to dependence and addiction.

Several of these medications are abused for their sedative effects. Combining them with other drugs can enhance their effects, as well as the effects of the other drugs. For this reason they are often abused with other illicit drugs, and can be very dangerous when abused in this way.

The study of sleep and sleep patterns has progressed rapidly and can help with many different causes of sleep problems. Sleep hygiene is a concept that has advanced rapidly and should be the core of seeking sleep normalization.

Brand Name:

  • Nuvigil

Brand Names:

  • NoDoz
  • ReCharge
  • Vivarin

Brand Names:

  • Focalin
  • Focalin XR

Brand Names:

  • Dexedrine
  • ProCentra
  • Zenzedi

Brand Names:

  • Adderall
  • Adderall XR

Brand Names:

  • Vyvanse

Brand Name:

  • Desoxyn

Brand Names:

  • Concerta
  • Daytrana
  • Metadate CD
  • Metadate ER
  • Methylin
  • Methylin ER
  • Quilivant XR
  • Ritalin
  • Ritalin LA
  • Ritalin SR

Brand Name:

  • Provigil

Brand Names:

  • Adipex-P
  • Suprenza
  • cocaine
  • methamphetamine
  • R-ball
  • Skippy
  • The smart drug
  • Vitamin R
  • JIF
  • Kibbles and bits
  • Speed
  • Truck Drivers
  • Bennies
  • Black beauties
  • Crosses
  • Hearts
  • LA turnaround
  • Uppers
  • Bumblebees
  • Pep Pills
  • Uppers
  • Co-Pilots
  • Ups
  • Ice
  • Speed
  • Crystal Meth
  • Crank
  • Crystal
  • Methadrine
  • Hearts
  • Bennies
  • Uppers
  • Amps
  • Pick me ups
  • Pickups
  • Meth
  • Beanies
  • Brown
  • Chalk
  • Crank
  • Chicken feed
  • Cinnamon
  • Crink
  • Crypto
  • Fast
  • Getgo
  • Methlies quik
  • Mexican Crack
  • Pervitin
  • Redneck cocaine
  • Speed
  • Ticktick
  • Tweak
  • Wash
  • Yaba
  • Yellow powder
  • Bernie’s Flakes
  • Big Bloke
  • Bernie’s Gold Dust
  • Big Flake
  • Blanca
  • Crack
  • Flake
  • Gold Dust
  • Haven Dust
  • Have A Dust
  • Icing
  • Line
  • Pearl
  • Paradise White
  • Snow White
  • Snowcones
  • Sleigh Ride
  • White Powder
  • White Mosquito
  • All-American Drug
  • California Cornflakes
  • Dream
  • Double Bubble
  • Florida Snow
  • Gift-Of-The-Sun
  • Foo-Foo Dust
  • Foo Foo
  • Girlfriend
  • Gin
  • Gift-Of-The-Sun-God
  • Hunter
  • King’s Habit
  • King
  • Love Affair
  • Late Night
  • Movie Star Drug
  • Pimp
  • Scorpion
  • Schoolboy
  • Seven-up
  • Studio Fuel
  • Star-Spangled Powder
  • Stardust
  • Society High
  • Burnese
  • Inca Message
  • Peruvian
  • Perico Cocaine
  • Percio
  • Percia
  • Peruvian Lady
  • Peruvian Flake
  • Bolivian Marching Powder
  • Big Rush
  • Bouncing Powder
  • Friskie Powder
  • Glad Stuff
  • Happy Trails
  • Happy Powder
  • Happy Dust
  • Love Affair
  • Marching Powder
  • Marching Dust
  • Nose Powder
  • Nose Candy
  • Paradise
  • Nose Stuff
  • Aunt Nora
  • Angie
  • Bernie
  • Bernice
  • Billie Hoke
  • Cecil
  • Carrie Nation
  • Carrie
  • Choe
  • Chippy
  • Charlie
  • Corrinne
  • Corrine
  • Henry VIII
  • Her
  • Jejo
  • Lady Snow
  • Merck
  • Merk
  • Nieve
  • Mujer
  • Schmeck
  • Serpico 21
  • Scottie
  • C
  • Big C
  • C-Game
  • Coke
  • Coconut
  • Coca
  • Cola
  • Lady Caine
  • Mama Coca
  • Base
  • Basa
  • Barbs
  • Bazulco
  • Beam
  • Boy
  • Burese
  • Carnie
  • Candy C
  • Came
  • C-Dust
  • Cholly
  • Combol
  • Duct
  • Esnortiar
  • El Perico
  • Jelly
  • Mosquitos
  • Monster
  • Teenager
  • Tardust
  • Yesco
  • Yesca
  • Zambi
  • Kryptonite
  • Cookies
  • Strong
  • Batu
  • Blade
  • Cristy
  • Crystal
  • Crystal glass
  • Glass
  • Hot ice
  • Ice
  • Quartz
  • During Use...After Use
  • Improved Attention...Decreased Attention
  • Increased Energy...Fatigue
  • Increased Strength...Weakness
  • Increased Heart Rate...Decreased Performance
  • Increased Blood Glucose...Disturbed Sleep
  • Increased Alertness...Decreased Stamina
  • Increased Stamina...Depression
  • Increased Mobility...
  • Increased Mental Arousal...
  • Opening of Airways...
  • Increased Dopamine...
  • Increased Norepinephrine...
  • Euphoria...
  • Elevation in Blood Pressure...
  • Improved Mood or Sense of Wellness...

Abstinence syndrome (being without):

  • Withdrawal
  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion
  • Addiction
  • Hostility and aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • Malignant hyperthermia
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Sudden death
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Mania
  • Stroke
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Seizures
  • Anorexia
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Decreased libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Restlessness
  • Paresthesias
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Sweating
  • Tremor
  • Speech disturbance
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Vivid unpleasant dreams
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Hypertension
  • Muscle pain
  • Urinary retention
  • Tremors
  • Rapid breathing
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Hyperthermia
  • Renal failure
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Increased appetite
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Sleep abnormalities
  • Movement disorders
  • Euphoria
  • Addiction
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Hypertension
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Dilated pupils
  • Tachycardia/arrhythmias
  • Ventricular fibrillation
  • Anorexia
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Seizures
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Death
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Hyperthermia
  • Muscle destruction
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Abdominal pain
  • Agitation
  • Erratic behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Skin picking
  • Convulsions
  • Overdose, death
  • Disordered sleep
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperthermia
  • Nausea
  • Violence
  • Psychosis
  • Multiple organ failure
  • Skin destruction
  • Dental destruction
  • Lung disease
  • Nasal tissue destruction
  • Circulation destruction
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Anorexia
  • Malnutrition
  • Confusion
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Seizures
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Paranoia

“Tweaking” – several hours to days

  • Loss of sense of identity
  • Intense itching
  • Hallucinations, visual and auditory
  • Feeling of bugs crawling under skin
  • Psychosis
  • Violence, hostility
  • Self-mutilation

“Crash” – several days

  • Sleepy, listless, unresponsive
  • “hangover” – several days to weeks
  • Deteriorated health
  • Dehydrated, malnourished
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Cravings

“Withdrawal” – up to several months

  • Depression
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Severe cravings
  • Suicidality
  • Severe pain
  • Relapse, return to use
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