Drug addiction or substance disorder, is somewhat a disease that affects the victim’s brain and thus results in erratic and unlikely behavior which leads to the inability of the individual to control a certain medication or drug. These drugs can be either legal or illegal or it can be both, as with polysubstance abuse and addiction.
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Nicotine, Alcohol and Cannabis can be considered as drugs as an individual can get reliant on it and keep using it despite the harm that it may cause. Drug abuse and eventually the addiction can start of just like and experiment or an one time recreational usage. For some it can be because some street drugs are very easy to acquire, peer pressure and the urge to try out new things and for some it can happen because of usage of prescribed medication and trying out others’ medication as a mean of relieving pain or disease. The risk of addiction depends on how fast an individual gets hooked and addicted with the drug.
For opioid drugs it is fairly faster and riskier as those have far more addictive elements in it. As time passes by the victim may need larger dosage to get high as the tolerance level in the body and the brain gradually begins to rise and gets adjusted to it, so to go with the flow as soon as the dosage increases, the body gets more and more reliant on it and it can get increasingly difficult and at some point impossible to go without it. Any attempt to stop the drug usage may result in withdrawal symptoms and make the body physically ill. Organized treatment programs, doctors, medical assistance, help from the family and friends might be required to get rid of this permanently and consistent support should be mandatory at one point. Drug addiction symptom or behavioral tendencies may include:
- Urge to use the drug in a regular basis
- Thoughts of drug abuse shadowing over any other daily task or thoughts
- Increasing amount of drug intake and more and more cravings for it
- Resorting to illegal and sketchy activities to acquire drugs
- Violent behavior and inciting chaos
- Continuation of drug intake despite knowing the harmful effects of the said drugs
- Failure in any attempt to stop drug abuse
- Cancelling out moral obligations, daily chores, daily recreational or mandatory activities whether it is eating, sleeping or bathing
- Experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms in attempts of shutting the drug intake.
Except these daily social and behavioral problems, drug addiction can also cause intense adverse situations for the brain and the body thus the body falling into unhealthy and harmful situations. Common health issues that a drug addict might face can be,
- Elevated mood or mood swings
- Sudden sense of despair
- Severe cardiac issues, might result in cardiac arrest
- Lung issues
- Liver failure
- Muscle tension, spasms and damage
- Overdose which might even result in death
Drug addiction is no joke and can bring severe consequences from simple problems.