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Depressants Addiction Explained

Male adults arguing about somethingDepressants or central nervous system (CNS) depressants are psychoactive drugs acting as major tranquilizers to slow down brain and spinal cord activity. This category of drugs is also considered as “downers” to relieve users from seizure disorders, anxiety/tension, panic attacks and also sleeping disorders.


Depressants come in pill or capsule form and people misuse them in several ways like taking someone else’s depressants, taking other depressants not prescribed by their doctor, just to get high or have fun, to counteract stimulants.


As they hit on the vital areas of the brain and spinal cord, they cause other effects such as:


  • Slurred speech
  • Shallow breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slow down the heart rate and breathing
  • Seizures
  • Somnolence
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Fever
  • Visual disturbances
  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Sluggishness
  • Difficulty/inability to urinate


Higher or Chronic use of depressants leads to:


  • Impairment of memory, judgment or coordination
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Agitation/Aggression (some cases)
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Sexual problems
  • Increase of cravings
  • Anxiety and panic
  • High risk in diabetes and obesity
  • Choking
  • Liver Failure


Sometimes, talking about the addiction helps. If a sit-down meeting could help someone you know, ask for help at TruVida Recovery – Orange County. Our counselors are available at 949-388-3866.