Mood-altering drugs are medications that alters a person’s behavior or reaction to a situation, or they can create a euphoric feeling and even make the person hallucinogenic.
There are several different types of mood-altering drugs that have various effects on the body. Physicians may subscribe particular drugs to patients to help them with stress, pain or sleeplessness. Drugs can and are also frequently found on the black market, meaning, they’re gained illegally and are used for illegal purposes.
Following is a list of popular mood-altering drugs, some of which have their clinical names and descriptions and some with the popular street names that they’re known by.
This is a class of drugs that is known to stimulate a person or cause hyperactivity. They’re taken specifically for the purposes of gaining energy and are known to increase the heart rate. Most often, stimulants can be addictive if taken over a long period of time. Some stimulants include:
- Caffeine (found in coffee, soft drinks and energy sport drinks)
- Nicotine (cigarette and tobacco products)
- Cocaine (also known as crack and is highly addictive; also illegal
- Methamphetamine (found mostly in diet drugs)
Psycho-stimulants are also stimulator drugs that both increase a person’s hear rate and produces a euphoric feeling. These medications include:
- Diet pills (both prescription and over-the-counter pills)
Opioid (a.k.a. pain killers)
Opioids are found within medication as a chemical that binds to the opioid receptors in the brain and are found primarily i the central nervous system. They work to decrease the perception and the tolerance level of pain in the body. Opioids can be either legally prescribed or sold as illegal drugs. Opioids also give a euphoric feeling. They include: