“All-Arounders” is a term sometimes given to drugs or substances that have a variety of effects and aren’t specifically categorized as depressants, stimulants, or hallucinogens. They include inhalants, marijuana, and anabolic steroids.
Inhalants are substances that are readily found in most households. Since they aren’t illegal, most inhalants are also easily purchased. They are most frequently used by older children and adolescents. The four types include:
- Volatile solvents
Inhalants are popular due to the high they can quickly produce. Popular household products used for this purpose include paint thinner, gasoline, model airplane glue, shoe polish, nail polish remover, cooking spray, whipped cream in aerosol containers, and shaving cream. They are sniffed, “huffed”, inhaled, sprayed into the nose or mouth, and combined with liquids so they can be swallowed.
Inhalants can be extremely dangerous and have long-term and even fatal consequences when used. Effects may include euphoria, hallucinations, relaxation, excitement, dizziness, impaired coordination, bloodshot eyes, disinhibition, erratic behavior, sedation, impaired judgment, seizures, brain damage, coma, and death.
Marijuana is a popular drug of abuse. Derived from the leaves and buds of the cannabis sativa plant, the primary chemical in marijuana is THC. It causes changes in mood, thought processes, and behavior.
Often referred to as “weed” or “dope”, marijuana is typically rolled in a joint and smoked. It can also be baked into foods.
The high that marijuana produces creates a very relaxed, laid-back feeling. Inhibitions are lowered as well. It can also cause:
- Memory and thinking problems
- Increased appetite
- Bloodshot eyes
Long-term use can cause serious problems, including a variety of health conditions like asthma and emphysema, increased cancer risk, lack of motivation, and low libido. High doses can cause hallucinations and delusions.
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Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that mimic the effects of testosterone in the body. They can be very addicting. Anabolic steroids are often used by competitive athletes and body builders in order to improve performance and increase muscle mass. They are injected, applied to the skin, or taken orally.
Steroids can have very serious effects, both mentally and physically. Effects may include:
- “Roid rage” (severe aggression, paranoid jealousy, and violent behavior)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Severe mood swings
- Erratic behavior
- Muscle aches
- Feeling of invincibility.
Gender-specific effects include menstrual abnormalities, balding, deepened voice, and facial hair in females; and shrunken testicles and enlarged breasts in males.
Addiction and Drug Rehab
All-Arounders all have the potential for addiction. Withdrawal symptoms will vary, depending on the specific substance. Detox – especially for inhalants and steroids – should be done under medical supervision. Drug rehab is important for individuals who become addicted to these substances. The education, therapy, and support that good drug rehab programs provide are all essential components of successful recovery.
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