Why do people use tranquilizers (material and/or ideal)?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Technar, Sep 1, 2001.

  1. Technar Registered Senior Member

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    It seems to me, that in order to make a stand on the issue of narcotics legalization, one must know the causes underlying the phenomenon of their use.
     
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  3. kmguru Staff Member

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    I have used codiene after dental work (prescribed), it clears my mind, I stayed alert. It has different effect on other people. The effect does not provide any advantage except for a shorttime when I was in pain and had to work. I can not take tranqulizers prescribed or otherwise because it feels uncomfortable.

    For normal healthy people, pain killers are needed for occaisional situations of accidents, surgery etc. For elders, also pain killers are needed for arthritis or similar disease pain.

    For psychosomatic problems, tranquilizers are needed if their is a death in the family, times of divorce, loss of job and other extreme stress unless someone comes up with a cortisol inhibitor.

    For unhealthy people and those who have chemical imbalance in the brain, certain drugs are needed to balance that. There is a lot of people who have this problem and do not know it. The GP will not know unless a complete blodd work is done going to an endocrine specialist which are rare and always booked.

    Our life is a cause and effect. In US society, the major contibutors are bad nutrition (people living on fast foods), family relations, job relations (900,000 laid off in last 7 months). They interact with each other to create a complex web of physical, pshycological problems caused by severe stress to body and mind. On top of that, our medical system is great in surgery but does not understand these interrelationships. It is still a taboo to go to a shrink and they rarely help resolve the above problems.

    If you can fix that, very few people will need drugs to self medicate themselves hoping the stress will go away.

    Congress knows the cause, but they would rather make laws than try to restructure our society to reduce our stress level.
     
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  5. machaon Registered Senior Member

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    I agree with kmguru. Aurguments of any complexity are nothing more than a fulcrum upon which the balance is rested in favor of the profit gained from being right.
     
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  7. LordManimal Registered Member

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    But why?

    But why use expensive Tranqs when there's a readily available supply of heroin? Geez people, just walk down the street and grab a needle!

    heh heh

    Are you asking wether or not there's a valid medical usage for Tranqs, or why people would abuse them for say... body building purposes?
     
  8. kmguru Staff Member

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    why people would abuse them for say... body building purposes?

    Is that an "USE" or "Abuse"? I guess ones use could be others abuse...
     
  9. LordManimal Registered Member

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    Ah, but then we're off on the topic of perception! Don't get me started!! ;-)

    I actually did mean to use the word "use", but I think it's a natural tendancy to associate "abuse" with the term "narcotics", thanks to the constant press the two words recieve in unison. I admit it! I'm a mindless media junkie! YES! I want my MTV!!! Mwahahahahaha!!!!

    /end madness
     
  10. Teg Unknown Citizen Registered Senior Member

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    The miniseries Traffik had some profound, but brief insight on this. Some people have what we could call an addictive personality. These are the same people who are chronic cigarette smokers and alcohlocs. It might be something as simple as a chemical imbalance in the brain.

    You may think that you're not an addict, but this trait has it's hold on a vast majority of us. Are there many among us that do not use/abuse sugar or caffeine?
     
  11. kmguru Staff Member

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    That is very true. While I do not have an addictive personality, my son does. He has been diagnosed with a chemical imbalance of the brain (norepinephine uptake). So there you have it. The solution is to take a chemical for rest of your life to solve an addiction problem!

    Teg, welcome to sciforums. Very good point.
     
  12. Technar Registered Senior Member

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    Round 2

    1. How about ideal tranquilizers, for instance, belief in a supernaturally-powerful sponsor?

    2.1. What needs are satisfied by the tranquilizers?
    2.2. Which of them are healthy, and which are pathological?
    2.3. How many of them are healthy, and how many are pathological? (For instance, how many people have the 'addictive personality'?)
     
  13. kmguru Staff Member

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    The question should be what influences belief in a supernaturally-powerful sponsor?

    How the factors such as age, economic standing, social relations, parents, and education influence in such belief?
     
  14. felix Registered Senior Member

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    I, for one, have used AND abused many different substances. Although, tranquilizers have always fallen into the used category. I tend not to like what human tranquilizers do to me, and I'm afraid of what horse tranquilizers MIGHT do to me.

    And for anyone that may not know, horse tranquilizer is what's commonly referred to as PCP when used/abused by humans.
     
  15. peter/peter U.W.P. Registered Senior Member

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    Use/Abuse

    Some of us use/abuse, which ever you prefer, to slow down. Some of us think to damm much. I can sit and see endless variation of the the same thing. What would happen if I did this instead of that. Some people use them to stay "In the moment" not to leave it.

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  16. MuliBoy psykyogi Registered Senior Member

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    Instant gratification.
    Why jog when you can get the endorphin rush in a pill?

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    There many legal addicts in the world. These conscist mainly of elderlies with chronic diseases who´ve receved medical treatment (or rather relief, since painkillers don´t heal. they just shield the symptoms) by prescription drugs.

    These ppl aren´t even aware that they´re addicts. But if the medication was to be stopped cold turkey we´d see some mean ass ol´folks kicking ass in tantrum overload

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    Aspiring to reach altered mind/reality states through drug use is a valid path. This is being a explorer and a budding shaman.
    Drugs aren´t for kicks or recreational use, they are tools and should be treated with the same respect as a powersaw. Make sure you read the manual before operating

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  17. kmguru Staff Member

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    Education and self-control is the way to go....
     
  18. peter/peter U.W.P. Registered Senior Member

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    BOO Hoo

    Some people dont turn into zombies on Tranks. It all dependends on the make up of there brain cemistry. Ridlian is a type of speed for little kids with A.D.D. but if you took it you whoud be running around cleaning for 2-3 hours. On the other hand if you gave the kid with A.D.D a mild trank he whoud be A BUZZEN AROUND..
     
  19. Ana Registered Senior Member

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    Hmmm....

    Well, my two cents...or three or four...

    I think tranquilizers (not talking about painkillers but mood altering tranquilizers) should be given by a doctor---the real kind....not the "street" kind...hehe.

    It shouldn't be given as the first alternative to help alleviate stress...and for that matter, the stress would have to be really great and potentially harmful to the individual for the tranquilizer to be considered as an option.

    Tranquilizers are good for people who are going through a temporary and extremely difficult situation--one in which other methods of coping have not been effective. For example....emotional breakdown...as in incessant crying or in instances when there is threat to the life of the individual or those around him/her posed by the individual himself/herself. They can be good in mental illnesses such as chronic anxiety or panic disorder...where the chemical imbalance has to be combated with chemicals before the person can begin developing or learning successful coping methods.

    Tranquilizers are a quick fix -- if the person isn't given direction as to other methods of treatment (when that is a feasible alternative), then the person will not only rely on meds (physiological addiction that only leads to getting an increase in dosage that can cause serious unwanted side-effects) but they will also have the psychological addiction and not "really" try to get at the source of their problems in order to deal with them more effectively and in a more lasting way.
     

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