Altered States of Consciousness

By: Bridget Cardelia and Nadine Worrell

Psychoactive Drugs:


chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior.

Psychoactive Drug Vocab Terms:


a substance that raises levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body and increase alertness, attention and energy


a chemical substance (such as a drug) that makes a body's systems less active and lowers neurotransmisson levels and lowers arousal


the discontinuance of administration or use of a drug (2) : the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follows discontinuance of an addicting drug
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the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity. and compulsive engagement to rewarding stimuli
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state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else

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Extra Facts:

-Most people do not know that stimulants can cause heart and respiratory problems

-Heroin is one of the most commonly used opiates

-Alcohol is the most commonly used depressant in the world