Depressants – also known as “downers” – “come in multicolored tablets and capsules or in liquid form,” and are supposed to “reduce the symptoms of mental illness.” As a result, these are oftentimes prescribed for those who struggle with anxiety – and/or other stress-related disorders – in addition to difficult sleep disorders. In turn, since these types of drugs are known as “downers” they do the exact opposite of what “uppers” would do, by slowing down the functions of the body. An example of this can be seen in patients who experience high levels of anxiety, as the prescribed depressant can help in the slowing down of brain activity.
However, what many fail to realize is just how much of a problem this can be for those who are addicted to them. Not only that but when many think of depressants their minds automatically redirect them to pills, rather than to alcohol. This is due to the fact that some may be unaware that alcohol is a depressant, or they may not think of it as one since it is so common within today’s society. In turn, this can be cause for it to slip right over their heads. In fact, “Alcohol is classified as a Central Nervous System depressant, meaning that it slows down brain functioning and neural activity.”
Consequently, this can be just as dangerous as “uppers” because while stimulants can increase heart rate, “downers” can slow it all the same. Therefore, it’s important that those addicted to depressants get the help that they need earlier rather than later. For some of the short term effects are listed as follows; “fatigue, slowed pulse and breathing, fever, lowered blood pressure,” etc. Now even though these symptoms are short term they can worsen with time as the individual continues to use the depressant.
Another myth that many may still view as fact is that depressants slow down one’s functions so that he/she has little to no energy? But that’s wrong. For depressants such as alcohol provide “those associated with immediate bursts of energy after a sip.” Yet even in doing so, “the user’s vital functions inevitably slow down.” In conclusion, no matter whether the depressant comes in pill form or liquid form, it is important that the addict rids the substance from his/her life. It is only then that he/she can save himself/herself from the risk of injury, or death. He/she can then live an addiction-free life without the harsh effects of substance abuse.