Drug Addiction

Substance Abuse

“The worst part about anything that’s self-destructive is that it’s so intimate. You become so close with your addiction and illness that leaving them behind is like killing a part of yourself that taught you how to survive”- Lacey L

Younger people addicted to drug, harmful brain effect
Drug Addiction

Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substances despite their harmful consequences. A person becomes so dependent on these substances that without it, they think their world would come to an end. Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs.

They mistakenly assume that those who consume substances lack morals and ethics, or they are weak minded, or they don’t have self-control and strong willpower. In reality drug dependency is a complicated disease, and quitting it takes more than good intentions and strong will power.

The initial decision to consume drug is voluntary for most people, but it's continuous consumption damages brain and rewires it into thinking that life without it, is impossible.

These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a "relapsing" disease - people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug. 

Many people consume drugs to escape the hardships of life, drugs make them feel happy, a feeling that they haven’t experienced in ages and that is why they fall into its vicious circle. 

Another reason for the use of drugs is curiosity and peer pressure, this reason is most prominent in drug addicted teenagers. Many teenagers think that consuming drugs is “COOL”, and you have to try it at least once because “YOU LIVE ONLY ONCE”, and it is because of this stupid notion that many youngsters end up losing their life.

Long term use of drugs affects an individual’s learning skills, judgement, decision-making, stress, behavior and memory.

Just like any other chronic disease drug addiction doesn’t have a proper cure, but it can be controlled and prevented. Although the road to recovery is very tough, many people have successfully walked through that road.

The first step on the road to recovery is recognition of the problem, the second step is believing that a higher power can help, third step is agreeing to turn your life around, fourth step is taking moral inventory of oneself, fifth step is admitting doing wrong to oneself and others, sixth step is letting go of past, seventh step is humility and humbleness, eighth step is asking for forgiveness from the people you have hurt, ninth step is to make amends for wrong doings, tenth step is seeking accountability, eleventh step is to form a deeper and stronger connection with the divine power, and twelfth step is to give back to the community in one way or another.

Education and outreach programs are also key in helping people understand the harmful effects of drug abuse, teachers, parents, and health care providers also have a crucial role in educating young minds and preventing drug use and addiction.
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