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Sub Drop: Fact or Fiction?

March 4th, 2010 7 comments

The first time I heard the concept of sub drop (and, eventually, top drop), I sort of scoffed at it.  I mean, it sounds like a bunch of hooey.  How could having your masochistic itch scratched possibly make you feel bad? But being an ex-junkie, an occasional smoker, and a serious adrenaline addict to boot, I should have known the answer to that right away.

Let’s take a look at what sub drop is, first, shall we? This was an interesting hunt because the symptoms of sub drop manifest themselves differently in different people.  Which makes sense.  Withdrawl affects people differently.

Basically, sub drop is endorphin withdrawal.  What does that mean, exactly?

That means, first, that sub drop probably doesn’t illicit the need for its own special name, and second, in the most basic of explanations, I’m sure you’ve all seen movies or television shows that have shown a junkie going through detox.  Endorphins bind with the opioid receptors in your central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract, which makes your body react to these chemicals produced in your brain similarly to the way it would react to heroin or opium.  First you fly high, happy and maybe a little dopey.  Sometimes a little sleepy, but a euphoric sleepiness.  And then the effect starts to wear off and you crash.  And suddenly, you’re weepy, or crampy, or cranky, or downright mean.

While endorphin withdrawal isn’t quite as extreme (So long as you’re not jumping out of planes five times a day, or being beaten noon to night 24/7.)(And to be honest, when I detoxed, while I was constantly nauseous, I didn’t go through most of what junkies on television do.  Maybe I was just lucky.) as a street drug detox, it can cause many of the same symptoms, or, at the very least, leave you a little off kilter.   Read more…

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