Drug Abuse And Addiction

By manda · Feb 8, 2005 · ·
  1. manda
    DRUG ABUSE AND ADDICTION (I didn't write this smiley1.gif )

    Drug abuse and addiction is the deliberate use of mind-altering substances in spite of the known adverse medical, psychological and social consequences. It can affect virtually every system in the body. Depending on the substance being abused, most produce a temporary, pleasant mood, relief from anxiety, false feelings of self-confidence, increased sensitivity to sights and sounds (including hallucinations), altered activity levels, stupor, sleep like stated or frenzies, and unpleasant or painful symptoms when the abused substance is withdrawn.

    Substances of abuse generally produce physiological and psychological need. The most common substances of abuse include, but are not limited to: nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, opiates, codeine, heroin, methadone, morphine, opium, PCP (angel dust), mescaline and LSD. Volatile substances, such as glue, solvents and paints are often implicated.

    The risk of drug abuse and addiction increases with illnesses requiring prescription pain relievers or tranquilizers, family history of drug abuse, genetic factors, excess alcohol consumption, fatigue or overwork, poverty, psychological problems, depression, dependency, poor self-esteem, and peer pressure.

    Preventive measures include not socializing with persons who use and abuse drugs; seek counseling for mental-health problem, such as depression, or chronic anxiety before they lead to drug problems; develop wholesome interests and leisure activities; and after surgery, illness or injury, discontinue the use of prescription pain relievers and tranquilizers as soon as possible.

    Drug abuse and addiction requires very strong motivation, good medical care and support from family and friends. However, relapses are common.

    Possible complication include sexually transmitted diseases, which are more frequent among addicts; severe infections, such as endocarditis, hepatitis, blood poisoning, malnutrition, accidental injury to oneself or others while in a drug-induced state; loss of job or family; irreversible damage to body organs; death by over dosage, incarceration and HIV infection.

    Treatment modalities revolve around seeking professional help for psychotherapy and counseling, possible hospitalization, and avoidance of friends who tempt you to resume your habit. Medications and a well-balanced diet and vitamins round out the treatment.

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  1. lolomgwtfbbq

    Hahaha that line is phrased oddly so it sounds like it takes strong motivation to abuse and get addicted to drugs.


  2. manda
    Actually some doctor wrote that. It's the first info. I've ever posted that mentioned treatment or quitting. I liked at the end where it listed the possible complications of using drugs, like deathly diseaes and sexually transmitted disease, stuff like that. I figured maybe someone might want to know those things.
    I didn't post the author's name because I am new at highlighting and couldn't get the name highlighted.

    I strongly disagreed that you have to part with friends if you get clean. You could simply use self control or ask them not to do it around you. Treatment centers sure want you to give up all your friends, but I don't believe my friends are that dispensable.

    I will probably never quit, unless I got married and my husband strongly wanted a child. That's when it's time to put down da crack pipe.
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