In this world there exists a potent psychogenic drug named Soma(lifted from Brave New World because I like the name and vibe).
The effects of the drug are thus.
- In small doses the drug ‘softens’ the brain and improves neuroplasticity. For example, if you took a dose you would be able to better memorize something you were studying, practicing a skill while on soma allows you to absorb it better. Soma candy is rather popular among highschool and college students to say the least.
The drug is also a key element in helping people adjust to mind-machine implants.
- Medically however, in larger doses, Soma is a popular antidepressant and when paired alongside certain therapies is incredibly effective at treating addiction. Inducing a sense of euphoria, similar to MDMA, that afterwards acts as a soft reset to a person's reward system. Sensitizing them if they've been desensitized or overstimulated by drugs like heroin or MDMA.
So fairly miraculous. But my question, given the effects, what would a bad case of Soma addiction look like? Why couldn't my fictional college students live off the stuff entirely?