Glossary Of Terms - D
DEPRESSANTS - are drug that act on the central nervous system to suppress neural activity in the brain, and can cause loss of motivation and interest in surroundings. Opiates and opioids such as heroin, varieties of painkillers, tranquillisers and alcohol are classed as depressants.
DETOXIFICATION - a process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal; often the first step in a drug treatment programme.
DIAZEPAM - a chemical compound used as a tranquilliser and muscle relaxant
DOPAMINE - a brain chemical, classified as a neurotransmitter, found in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, motivation and pleasure.
Dual Diagnosis - is a term used to describe people who have severe mental health and drug or alcohol problems. Mental health issues may include schizophrenia, depression and bipolar or personality disorders.