Drug Addiction

depressed manThere are numerous types of Narcotics/drugs available on the illegal market as well as legal drugs that can be purchased or obtained legally through a pharmacy or medical professional. All drugs are equally dangerous and cause various types of damage, no matter how they are used.

Drug addiction starts as experimentation and nobody intends to become addicted at any point. The physical feelings drugs induce, are pure pleasure and most people who try drugs, believe that they have found the answers which they have been looking for. The use is all about pleasure seeking and there are no concepts of danger or consequences. They are still able to use with some success during the experimental phase. If you are finding evidence of drug abuse or paraphernalia at this point, it is no longer experimental and has probably moved to the next stage which is drug abuse.

During this stage of the chemical dependency, a person goes out to seek the high and all that’s associated with it. There is a lot of manipulation, dishonesty, chaos and a person usually concocts reasons, outings, and events when it comes to drug abuse. There are significant personality changes and the family is often in crisis from this stage of the dependency. Here we find the Parental Enabling Syndrome also taking effect and the whole family focuses on this person and the family crumbles as well as the chemically dependent person. They then move to the end stage which is addiction.

Here the person uses to feel “normal”, often using to prevent withdrawal as well as all the chaos they have created or are creating within their “system”. The family is also sick at this point and there is utter madness within the entire family/work/friends/community and culture. Each addict is said to affect up to 16 people in their close circles.

A drug can be classified as anything that ‘changes the way the nerve cells in your brain process information’ (anything that has the propensity for habitual use and which alters the mood or the mind). What makes drugs addictive? There are a few scenarios we can look at. If a person uses a drug, a chemical called dopamine is released in the brain, this is the “feel good” chemical that is usually released in times of euphoria for example laughing, exercising, after eating or having sex. When narcotics are used, this is one of a couple of chemicals which are released in larger amounts therefore making you feel powerful. Since this euphoric feeling is so amazingly wonderful, drugs are used more and more to obtain these feelings of joy, euphoria and power. Due to the nature of chemicals, it is almost a given that a person is going to become dependent on the drug. The longer narcotics are used, the user will become unable to function normally on or off the drug and the symptoms that are experienced during withdrawal can be so unbearable that it leads people to use more in order to avoid these symptoms. It is much like a rollercoaster ride that terrifies you but you feel the need to do it again but go higher each time. The guilt and shame are deep set by now but the need for more of the drug/alcohol is automatic, overwhelming, primary and permanent.

Different Types of Drugs

There are two types of drugs, Central Nervous Stimulants and Central Nervous Depressants also known as ‘uppers’ and ‘downers’. Uppers are drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, CAT, crystal meth and a few others. The short term effects of these drugs cause increased energy levels (insomnia), lack of appetite, alertness, increased libido in some cases and a feeling of being on top of the world. The long term effects of drug abuse can lead to paranoia, aggression, heart problems, skin problems and a number of internal problems. Downers are drugs such as heroin, opium, methadone, benzodiazepines and alcohol to name a few. These drugs are used as sedatives or to escape reality and avoid problems in life as they numb any emotions that you may have and basically create an alternate world. The long term effects of downers include major depression, anxiety, difficulty breathing, insomnia and possible suicide attempts.

The more drugs are used, a tolerance develops and the person would need more and more to experience the same effects that they initially experienced and they want to prevent withdrawal. They find it extremely difficult to cope and therefore continue to use more and more till they reach crisis point.

Drugs serve as a great equalizer and “strain remover”. They obliterate a person’s life: physically, spiritually, emotionally and physically. Addiction is a truly democratic illness, it affects each person who abuses substances equally, ultimately serving a ton of consequences.

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