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Intoxication

The night has been going on forever, but it has become all a blur. You started at the pizza parlor, where you drank pitchers of beer with your friends. Now, somehow you've ended up at some party dancing with someone you don't even know. Not really dancing so much as rocking back and forth while the room shakes around you. Every time you tip over, you just pretend it's a dance move. Nobody else seems to notice.

Your dance partner offers you a joint, and you put it in your mouth and inhale deeply. Somebody else is feeling your body, but you're not sure who. Not that you care. One more hit, and you could pass out. You wonder if you'll remember any of this in the morning.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Intoxication
  • Alcohol, Opiates and Downers Have Sedating Effects
  • Cocaine and Amphetamine Are Stimulants
  • Hallucinogens, and Many Other Substances, Cause Perceptual Disturbances
  • Drug Abuse Can Bbe Confused with Other Mental Illnesses
  • The Symptoms of Withdrawal Are Usually the Opposite of Intoxication
  • How to Cope with Intoxication and Withdrawal

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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