drug addiction

There’s no doubt that many plagues tarnish the world as we know it. From hunger, to disease, to birth defects, to war; it seems like there is no end to the struggle. Then there are folks out there who add more evil to the game of life. I’m referring to drug addiction and alcoholism. What is the point of all this. These are without a doubt choices that can be made. So many people struggle without the benefit of choices, and yet others choose to destroy themselves. Does this ring any bells with anyone? What a stupid question, huh?

Maybe you or someone you know has been afflicted with drug addiction? Are you aware of the initial reason for taking the drugs? My guess is stupidity. Possibly a lack of will power or autonomy. I will be the first to admit that I have no sympathy or compassion for those who suffer from drug addictions. The only way I can see it as something inflicted upon another is if it was passed from mother to child before birth. That is a tragedy, no doubt. Now, for all the people out there who choose drugs for mere pleasure or „recreational fun,“ you could die for all I care. This is a burden you are intentionally imposing upon yourself. You would have to be stuck at the level of a kindergartener to be this idiotic. My seven year old even knows not to take drugs. One thing is for certain; if you are stuck in a rut, and simply can’t break free of your drug addiction, then you’d better acquire some assistance. Have a friend or relative help you. Get into rehab as soon as physically possible. The quicker the better.

Read all you can on drug addiction and the infinite problems that go along with it. In my opinion it’s a simply pros and cons topic. What are the pros? Drugs may offer you some sort of escapism. I don’t doubt that. Guess what; film and reading offer escapism too. Now, what are the cons of drug addiction? Ha, are you kidding me? The list will go on forever. Why not start with financial ruins, loss of health, loss of friends and family, and loss of career? This is just to get started. So before you make the decision to try some useless drug, I’d remember the pros and cons.

Drug addiction is classified as a physical or psychological dependence on a drug. It can be both. Addiction can occur with drugs as common as aspirin or as insidious as amphetamines, cocaine or heroin. Some people are genetically wired for addiction, while others need several exposures to a substance to become addicted. Very few substances are considered non-addictive, because psychological dependency can occur at any time. For some people, drug addiction is a way of life that will never stop. For others, they have the potential of quitting at any time.

Psychological dependency occurs when the user becomes emotionally attached to the substance. Without it, they may feel strong „comfort cravings“, which do not alleviate any pains and provide little, if any physical pleasure.

Physical dependency, on the other hand, happens when the body itself becomes dependent on the drug. After habitual use, body systems become dependent on the drug being in the person’s system in order to function correctly. The brain changes its‘ chemical balance to the point that an abrupt stop of the drug use can cause severe discomfort or even death.

Narcotics are among the most widely abused drug today, bringing with their use both physical and psychological dependencies. Used to create extra endorphins, narcotic drug addiction creates an effect of dependence because, after habitual use, the body no longer produces enough dopamine to satisfy the user’s comfort. Whereas “clean” people would be perfectly content without the narcotic, the drug user can plummet into a deep depression when deprived of the drug.

Stimulants such as amphetamines can be equally addictive, although some people say stimulants are the lesser of two evils. The withdrawal symptoms are quite similar, with the exception of the moods produced by each drug. Instead of sinking into deep depression, some people may go into a violent rage.

In any case of drug addiction, treatment is needed. The methods of “kicking the habit” vary widely, as do people’s opinions and professional advice on how it should be done. Going „cold turkey“ is the immediate cessation of drug use, without being “weaned” off the substance. This is not always the best choice, because without a replacement substance to help the body adjust, body systems can shut down. Most professionals agree that rehabilitation and detoxification programs stand the best chance of success in cases of drug addiction.

Detoxification programs aim to flush the body systems of the drug in a gradual schedule of “drying out”. The drug addiction patient is prescribed drugs which mimic the addictive substance, without the physical and psychological dependency factors.

Rehabilitation programs are more focused on emotional causes of drug addiction, attempting to reveal the emotional sources of the drug addiction, falling more into the classification of therapy versus physical dependence.

Drug addiction is rampant in today’s society, for a variety of reasons. If you or someone you know needs help, it’s there for the asking.