Addiction is one of the prevalent problems of the present society. It comes in several forms and it affects people’s judgment, health, relationships and jobs.
Medically, it is defined as “A 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 lay-man’s term, it is the condition of being physically and psychologically dependent on something to such a degree that abrupt cessation causes severe physical and mental reactions.
The feeling of euphoria and a profound sense of well-being usually accompanies drug addiciton. This is what draws people in. For example, a prescribed drug that relieves people from physical/mental pain and distress. To soothe away their pain and calm them, they directly grab some drugs. Then, craving more for the substance occurs. This will then become a pattern. Then the pattern becomes a habit, and finally this leads to drug addiction.
The immediate victims are, of course, the users themselves. 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. Effects such as sudden weight loss/gain, bloodshot eyes, and tremors in some cases are the most observable. Then, these drug dependents often go into conflicts 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 feel abandoned and painfully ache for company.
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. Prolonged use has always been associated when uses drugs for escape. Their current situation is no longer bearable for them and they find solace on using drugs. Sadly, they are drawn deeper before they knew it. The want to use the substance/drugs again grows stronger. Without being fully aware, they already starting drug addiction.
In a society that is infested with drug addiction, cure should always be a priority. Once people get addicted, will-power to discontinue 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 degree that they continue to use them, despite knowing it’s hurting them and other people as well. It is a mental/psychological ailment so medical/psychological assistance should be present as well. 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.