In the present society, drug addiction is considered to be a top problem. It comes in several forms and it affects people’s judgment, health, relationships and jobs.
In the medical field, addiction is defined as the chronic relapsing condition characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and abuse and by long-lasting chemical changes in the brain. Addiction is the same irrespective of whether the drug is alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or nicotine. In ordinary tongue, it is the state of being physically and psychologically addicted on something to such a degree that abrupt cessation causes severe physical and mental reactions.
Every addictive substance induces mental/psychological numbness and a profound sense of well-being, sometimes called euphoria. This is what draws people in. Example of this is the sued of a prescribed drug that relieves people from physical/mental pain and distress. Every time people feels the pain, they directly rely on the drug that calms them and soothes away their pain. Subsequently and unintentionally, they look and crave for more of the same substance. This becomes recurring, this becomes a pattern. Then the pattern becomes a habit, and finally this leads to drug addiction.
The users are always the immediate victims. This could branch out from family members, to friends, to work bosses, and to the society because one way or another, your behavior will affect them.
One of the most obvious effect of drug addiction is the deterioration of the user’s physical health. Most of these observable effects are sudden weight loss/gain, bloodshot eyes, and in some cases, tremors . Then, these drug dependents often go into misunderstandings with friends as they are more irritated and hyper-sensitive during the times the drug’s euphoric effect wore off. Neglect on the responsibilities unto their families and jobs also happens which causes conflicts. Users often get into legal trouble that ranges from petty arrests to incarceration.
The clutches of addiction is a fact that we cannot escape. Addictive substances are readily available nowadays and can be secured by anyone without much difficulty. The most susceptible victims are those who badly needs to find hope .
Escape is one of the major reasons why there is a rising percentage on the use of drugs. People see drugs as a reason to run away from present distress and discomfort that they are feeling. Usually, users/victims start to use drugs without the intentions for prolonged use. Their current situation is no longer bearable for them and they find solace on using drugs. Before they knew it, they are drawn deeper. The urge to use the substance/drugs again grows stronger. And before they knew it, they’ve totally become dependent to those substances.
Drug addiction is an ailment the society needs to cure. Once people get addicted, will-power to end on the victims end is not enough. It is no longer a question of the willingness of the victims to stop. They are already under the influence of the substance/drugs to such a level that they continue to use them, despite knowing it’s hurting them and other people as well. The assistance of specialists are needed because it has already developed into a psychological ailment. Most of all, the help, support and understanding of friends and family members should never be absent.
One of the most obvious effect of drug addiction is the deterioration of the user’s physical health.