Many people, young and old alike, are hooked on the excitement and escape that drugs seem to offer. In spite of its obvious adverse effects, people continue to fall into the trappings of drug abuse and, in so doing, ruin not only their lives but their loved ones as well.
Curiosity have led most people to try and experiment with controlled substances. Some do it out of peer pressure. Others do it to attract attention, to overcome depression and anxiety problems. There are those who experiment with prescription drugs because they think these drugs can help them lose weight or fit in. But we know what happened to the story of the curious cat. It is important that people realize the great risks involved in drug abuse and its detrimental effects on the mental health and life of drug abusers.
Most people have the wrong notion that those who engage in drug abuse are morally weak. That abusers can just stop and change depending on their attitude and willingness. Drug abuse is like a disease that affects the brain which stimulates addiction, making it difficult for the person to stop it by a mere will power.
It’s a good thing that modern medical breakthroughs have now understood the complexity of drug abuse and have come up with treatments and preventions that can help people go back to normal healthy living.
Drugs or medicines are chemicals substances or compounds that are used for the treatment and prevention of diseases and its symptoms. When you swallow a pill or inject drugs into your body, they find their way into your bloodstream and are transported to different parts of your body including the brain. Once it gets to the brain, drugs may either intensify or dull the senses, alter the sense of alertness, and sometimes decrease physical pain.
We all know that drugs or medicines are developed to make us feel better when we are feeling sick. However, most people don’t realize that all drugs may have benefits as well as risks. Drugs may cause unwanted side effects and drug interactions which can vary depending upon the kind of drug taken, how much is taken, how often it is used, how quickly it gets to the brain, and what other drugs, food, or substances are taken at the same time. Side effects can also vary based on the differences in body size, shape, and chemistry.
Although most medicines can cure, slow, or prevent diseases that helps people to lead healthier and happier lives, there are also lots of illegal, harmful drugs that people may take to help them feel good or have a good time.
These drugs that can make you feel good at first, can also do a lot of harm to the body and brain the same way alcohol and tobacco cause serious damage to the human body. Prohibited drugs severely impair a person’s ability to make healthy choices and decisions. People who drink are more likely to get involved in dangerous situations, such as driving under the influence or having unprotected sex.
Some of the more common drugs are amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, nicotine, marijuana, inhalants, cough syrups and alcohol. These drugs are psychologically addictive. Users who try to stop report that they experience various mood problems such as aggression and anxiety and intense cravings for the drugs.
Most of these drugs, directly or indirectly, target the part of the brain that controls movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. Over stimulation produces euphoric effects in response to the drugs. Such reaction produces a pattern that “teaches” people to repeat the behavior of abusing drugs.
The reality is that drugs don’t solve any of your problems. They simply hide the feelings of depression and problems. As soon as the effects of the drug wears off, the problems are back again, some may have become worse due to the drug abuse.