The Dangers of Study Drugs

Did you know that some “smart drugs” otherwise known as nootropics such as vyvanse, adderall, modafinil, memantine, or ritalin may be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a specific illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, sleep-related syndromes, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but when taken without a prescription in order to increase your mental focus and concentration for the purpose of studying is deemed illegal not to mention they can be very dangerous?

Piracetam, for instance, has been well researched as the most popular drug for cognitive reasoning, for temporary gains in memorization, for improving sensory perception, for treating stress, anxiety, and depression as well as preventing the decline of neurons in the brain that comes with ageing but it has been shown to have negligible side effects such as insomnia, drowsiness, agitation, and in some cases headaches, when taken in large doses.

There is nothing wrong with being able to access 100% of your brains’ aptitudes in order to have increased gains of both cognitive and day-to-day functioning. There are, however, potential dangers of taking smart drugs in terms of creating various health problems and dependency. A drug such as Adderall, which is an amphetamine prescribed for ADHD, is a staple in many colleges and graduate school circles because it gives students a tunnel focus during tests and ultimately gets them the grades they crave. It is, however, ranked by the DEA as a class 2 controlled substance and among the most addictive drug that has similar effects to that of cocaine or morphine.

A recent study shows that the pressure over grades and competition for college admissions is pushing students to abuse prescription stimulants. They have turned to twisting open the drug capsule and snorting the powder as an addict would with heroin or cocaine because by snorting any drug produces a more intense and rapid effect. Insufflating a crushed pill through the nose has been shown to elicit its effects differently and presents with unique dangers that can ultimately increase the rate of addiction onset as well as place the user at a higher risk of overdose and other substance abuse-related health concerns.

Where the drug would otherwise be subjected to an initial round of metabolism, nasal insufflation of smart drugs has become one of the most rapid ingestion methods because the drug bypasses the digestion process and goes straight into the bloodstream and then quickly to the brain, consequently eliciting an instantaneous horde of intense effects that are intended for a slow release into the system in the first place.

The use of smart drugs is ubiquitous in many schools worldwide and while some may have temporary effects such as diminishing fatigue, boosting alertness, enhancing memory and cognition, they can result in long-lasting negative effects such as overstimulating the central nervous system, damaging brain cells as well as the compulsive development for cognitive enhancers that sooner or later lead to dependency and addiction.



We are familiar with the fact that there are some demonstrated techniques to help defeat drug yearnings for those trying to give up on this bad habit. Cravings come in different waves and tend to only be effective for about 20 minutes, so if someone can pass through the threat zone period, the cravings start to become less forceful and less repeated. We will mention some fun, common and effective activities you can perform to keep amused your brain and body that don’t involve smoking, drinking or getting high. Maybe you’ve tried several of them before, or perhaps there’s something you’ve always been meaning to give a try but have never got around to till now but now is your ability to give it a go.

  • Go for a guided mediation, progressive muscle leisure exercises, and some deep breaths or simply be seated in silence and clear your mind for 20 minutes till that craving is no more active. People perform regular yoga for this. Yoga is best known for its soul effectiveness quality. It relaxes your soul, body and mind. Let’s not forget that physical fitness is important when it comes to mental health.
  • Try your hands in kitchen for friends: make an effort and remake that MasterChef dish from TV last night, or grill something ambitious and mouthwatering. Let your friends know that you can be good with food. Let them appreciate the food you just cooked for them. Cooking gives you creativity and relaxes your mind. Don’t worry about the taste or what would be the outcome, just go on with it.
  • Join a fitness center: You’ll definitely have a lot of spare hours on your hands now you’re not smoking or drinking and why not utilize the moment to initiate some healthy new way of life. Discover a gym around your residence. Try them all with membership options which include other activities like swimming, tennis, massage etc. Ask your friends join with you.
  • Write down a letter: Yep, good old snail mail! When’s the last time you either sent or expected a hand-written letter? Can’t remember? Then a great motive to get out a fancy pen and some nice paper and send some kind words to friends or family near or in a foreign country. Just get out of typical sms and email atmosphere. Writing a letter by hand will more pleasing for you. It will trigger out the hidden emotions from your inner self.
  • Clean your room: this one’s not exactly enjoyable but it will unquestionably clear your headspace and give you a sense of fulfillment. Plus getting rid of all your cannabis paraphernalia such as bongs, lighters, scissors and bowls will diminish the lure to smoke in the upcoming time. A sense of matureness with come in your mind and the brain structure will be more efficient.
  • Get out your paints and brushes, and make a multicolored mess. Get out some crayons and color. Or just make some sketches or doodles. Not into visual art? That’s alright. Try some imaginative writing. Get a pencil and a spiral notebook and just write poetry, journaling, spinning fantastic tales, business articles or whatever comes into your intellect. Playing with colors refreshes your mind greatly. Try to play with them. Don’t try to make something but to enjoy yourself with them.
  • Enjoying a meal in your favorite restaurant with people is one of the finest ways to get to know each other. Food is and always will be a great way to share discussion, civilization, and just relate to people in common. Food never disappoints you. It gives you a sense of happiness, fulfillment and pleasure. By this, one can become more social as well. A good healthy food is always a treat to yourself.
  • The earth is a fascinating and captivating place, so travel will enlarge your mind and your viewpoint in ways you can’t even recognize until you do it on your own. Travel is pricey. But now that you don’t waste all your money on blow, you can manage to pay money for trips and vacations. Travelling is the best therapy for any one. Adding on your favorite music with it will make the moment for you. Can’t find anyone for travel? Go alone! Yes. Don’t be dependent. There are so many beautiful places you may find in your city and town. Like enjoying a sunset on a beach will make your mind relax and you will feel pleasure in that sight.
  • Get your headphones and turn on your playlist. Everyone loves music. I personally think music is the supreme creation of man. There is so much great music out there. It’s a lot of fun to study new artists and follow the bands I already love. I like to share new music with friends. I like to take my guitar and write some melody of my own. Music itself is a therapy for all people. Mentally depressed? Heartbroken? Feeling down? Go for some music of your choice. It never disappoints.


Help For College Student Addiction Treatment

It can be difficult during college. The pressure to both perform academically and socially can put a huge amount of stress on a person. So it’s no wonder addiction to a variety of chemicals is rampant throughout college campuses. Everything from alcoholism to gambling and cocaine addictions can, and often do, wind up becoming problems.

But they don’t have to become problems that force you out of school. College student addiction treatment is possible if you’re willing to apply yourself and be determined to quit. It doesn’t matter what kind of addiction you have, there’s a treatment center and a treatment plan to help you.

Path Of Addiction In College

Multiple studies have been done to show that addiction is as much about life situations as it is the chemical dependency. That is to say, there are many people who either cut back or give up their drug of choice completely when they’re taken out of a stressful life situation. The chemical dependency can make it difficult, but no one wakes up one morning and thinks to themselves “I want to completely ruin my life to take drugs”.

Unfortunately, college student addiction treatment often falls short in helping this issue. It’s not exactly possible to simply duck out of college until it’s no longer as stressful. This quickly becomes the entire focal point of the addiction. You can’t leave college, you have to get good grades, so one more bump of cocaine/one more amphetamine pill/one more drink can help you through.

Or you’re like one of the other thousands of college students who become stressed and party for release. Unfortunately, by the time you’re done partying, you may have discovered yet again that you’ve missed the turn-in date on an important paper, or passed out drunk and slept through an important exam.

However the process goes, the basic formula is “become stressed, take drugs, repeat”. And the next thing you know, quitting becomes impossible.

Tips To Help Yourself

Obviously, “just cut back” isn’t really a solution. If it was, you would have already done it. While it’s true that some people can take a deep breath and force themselves on the straight and narrow, many more people find that path a bit too narrow to walk. It doesn’t take long before they slip up again, and then they have to start back at square one. It can be so disheartening that many people slide further into their addictions.

However, while you can’t change your desire you can change your schedule. If at all possible, readjust your class schedule to take fewer classes. This might result in graduating later than you’d want, but it’s better than not graduating at all. In addition, try changing up your social life. Many people will claim “if they talk you into ruining your life, they’re not really friends”, but that’s completely incorrect. However, just because they’re your friend doesn’t mean they’re actually helping you succeed.

Friendship is complicated that way.

Getting Outside Help

Often times, outside help for college student addiction treatment is sparse. It’s hard to check yourself into rehab when you have to make it to class at 9 am the next day.

However, if you look around you’ll find a lot of different support groups for college students. Society will often shame a person for reaching out for help, but don’t listen to those people. You should be able to take as many drugs as you want, even if that number is “zero”. There are even outpatient drug rehabilitation facilities that will allow you to go to your classes while you are in rehab.

Ultimately, only you can decide if you need help. But if you do, don’t hesitate. Reach out before you let your life spiral further. It’s your life, you have a right to live it the way you want.