Commonly Abused Substances

Learn more about addictions to the most commonly abused substances









Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug, most commonly presented in the form of a fine, white powder. It can be snorted, intravenously injected, or smoked. Street names include Blow, Coke, Crack, Rock, and Snow. Cocaine spikes a rush of “feel good” chemicals in the brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria, exhilaration, alertness, and heightened energy. These feelings cause the user to become addicted and build a higher tolerance with each use, ultimately leading to physical and psychological dependence. Effects of cocaine use include:

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Irritability
  • Kidney damage
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Convulsions
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coma
  • Sudden death

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Methamphetamines are highly addictive central nervous system stimulants. They are sparkly, crystal like rock structures, sometimes ground into powder. Common street names include meth, ice, glass, and crank. Methamphetamines are used through injection, oral administration, smoking, or snorting a powdered form. Methamphetamines cause initial feelings of euphoria and heightened alertness. Afterward, the user will experience any of the following:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts

It is possible to become addicted after just one use. Extended use of Methamphetamines lead to rapid heart rate, insomnia, heart disease, brain dysfunction, overdose, and death.

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MDMA is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception. It is most commonly presented as a capsule or tablet, although some take it as a liquid or snort it as a powder. MDMA is commonly referred to as Ecstasy or Molly. MDMA causes a rush of dopamine and increased energy, while distorting sensory and time perception.

MDMA use can lead to:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Paranoia
  • Psychotic episodes.

MDMA is an addictive substance, and extended use leads to fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, and lack of concentration.

At Fort Lauderdale Addiction Treatment Center, we specialize in treating MDMA addiction and its associated withdrawal symptoms. We provide you with a safe and comfortable environment to detox and receive treatment for MDMA. Call our addiction specialists today at 888-888-5474.










Benzodiazepines are drugs commonly used for treating anxiety, seizures, and insomnia. Benzodiazepines typically come in pill form. They alter brain function, create changes in mood, behavior, consciousness, and cognition.

Common side effects of Benzodiazepines include:

  • Sedation
  • Unsteadiness
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Migraine
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Memory impairment

Benzodiazepines are addictive and send the body into withdrawal when the substance is removed.

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Alcohol is a legal sedative found in beer, wine, and spirits.  Alcohol is a liquid depressant on the central nervous system, and is consumed orally.

Alcohol consumption results in:

  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Delayed reaction
  • Irrational behavior
  • Impaired judgement
  • Loss of coordination
  • Blackouts

Continuous use of alcohol creates severe dependence and health problems including injuries, stroke, heart related issues, nerve damage, ulcers, and brain damage. Those who are addicted to alcohol can experience “alcohol withdrawal syndrome”. Alcohol withdrawal is very dangerous and if not properly treated, can be fatal.

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GHB, or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate is a central nervous system depressant. It typically appears in the form of an odorless powder, liquid, or pill. It is commonly referred to as the “date rape” drug.  A person under the influence of a GHB quickly experiences the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Difficulty with motor movements
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach problems
  • Inability to speak
  • Loss of consciousness


At higher levels, GHB depresses the respiratory system and can lead to death if combined with alcohol. Regular use can lead to physical dependence with extremely negative withdrawal symptoms.

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Heroin is an extremely addictive, fast acting opiate processed from morphine. Heroin is either white, brown, or black. Heroin can be snorted, smoked, or injected into the veins (intravenously injected). Common street names include Smack, Horse, H, or Hell Dust. Heroin causes a rush of pleasure, but after the initial effects wear off, the user may experience:

  • Drowsiness
  • Clouded mental function
  • Nausea
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Slowed breathing

Heroin is dangerously addictive and produces profound levels of tolerance and dependence. Over time, heroin use can lead to coma, permanent brain damage, and death.  Heroin withdrawal is a miserable process, which can be fatal if not medically monitored and treated.

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OxyContin is an opioid medication, typically prescribed for individuals struggling with severe pain. OxyContin is most often used in pill form, but can also be snorted, chewed, or dissolved for injection. It produces a euphoric high and minimizes pain, which makes it highly addictive for those who suffer from any pain.

Those abusing oxycontin experience:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Hypotension
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Psychological tolerance

Withdrawal effects are very uncomfortable and include flu like symptoms, pain, depression, weakness, and anxiety.

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Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in the United States. Common names for Marijuana are weed, herb, pot, grass, Mary Jane, and bud. It can be brewed into drinks or baked into food, but most often, Marijuana is smoked.

Effects of Marijuana use include:

  • Altered senses and perception
  • Impaired movement and memory
  • Difficulty thinking and problem solving
  • Constricted breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations


Extended use of Marijuana may lead to irritability, decreased appetite, anxiety, cravings, and sleeplessness. Marijuana is addictive and is commonly referred to as a “gateway drug”, since it is likely to come before the use of other drugs. It is important to stop marijuana use early on, before it leads to addiction or the use of other drugs.

Our accredited treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale can help you get back on track to a sober and successful life without the abuse of Marijuana. Call us today at 888-888-5474 to discuss your options.









LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a manufactured chemical that alters perception. It is typically odorless, colorless, and capsules or tablets are taken orally. LSD is commonly referred to as “acid”, which causes the user to experience a “trip” in which the effects can be unpredictable.

LSD users may experience:

  • Extreme changes in mood
  • Inability to distinguish reality
  • Paranoia
  • Sleeplessness
  • Tremors
  • Intense sensory experiences
  • Impaired judgement
  • Inability to perceive danger

LSD users become addicted to achieving the initial sense of bliss, however, they can fall into an acid-induced psychosis, experience severe depression, and have suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

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Ketamine is a dissociative anestheti that is commonly snorted or swallowed. Common street names for Ketamine include Special K, Horse Tranquilizer, Super Acid, and K. Ketamine causes a dreamlike state, hallucinations, euphoria, and feelings of floating or being separated from the body.

A person using ketamine may experience any of the following:

  • Delirium
  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired motor function
  • Depression
  • Helplessness
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Overdose
  • Coma
  • Psychosis
  • Blocked airways
  • Death

Ketamine addiction is treatable if confronted early on. The professionals at Fort Lauderdale Addiction Treatment Center design a treatment approach to best match your individual addiction and withdrawal needs. Get started with Ketamine treatment in Fort Lauderdale today by calling 888-888-5474.