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There are many reasons why people experiment with drugs, the obvious being peer pressure and curiosity. Others include: the need to have a good time, to improve athletic abilities or ease certain problems like stress and anxiety.
Drug use does not automatically lead to abuse. You’ve probably met people who are casual drug users but are not necessarily addicted and others who have become addicted in a short period of time. There are a few reasons why this may happen:
- Family history of addiction
- Abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences
- Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
- Early use of drugs
- Method of administration- smoking or injecting a drug may increase its addictive potential
Drug abuse is less of the amount or frequency in which drugs are consumed but more about what drives one to engage in drug use and the consequences that follow. If your drug use causes problems in your day to day life then most likely you have an addiction problem.
Still wondering if you are addicted or not? Here are some of the most common addiction signs:
- Depression- This often occurs when you cannot get access to drugs yet you are getting sober.
- Frequent mood swings
- Engagement in criminal behavior (especially when under the influence)
- Strong drug cravings
- Anxiety- Nervous behavior may be caused by the drug itself, or anxiousness over finding one’s next “fix”.
- Change in physical appearance- Men and women who are addicted to drugs often look different than before they began using. For example weight gain/loss or one may become very untidy.
People have different opinions about drug addiction. Just like any other topic, there are common myths that the society has on drug addiction:
MYTH 1: Overcoming addiction is simply a matter of willpower. You can stop using drugs if you really want to. Prolonged exposure to drugs alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion to use. These brain changes make it extremely difficult to quit by sheer force of will.
MYTH 2: Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing that can be done about it. Most experts agree that addiction is a disease that affects the brain, but that doesn’t mean anyone is a helpless victim. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through therapy, medication, exercise, and other treatments.
MYTH 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better. Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process—and the earlier, the better. The longer drug abuse continues, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it is to treat. Don’t wait to intervene until the addict has lost everything.
MYTH 4: You can’t force someone into treatment; they have to want help. Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary to be successful. People who are pressured into treatment by their family, employer, or the legal system are just as likely to benefit as those who choose to enter treatment on their own. As they sober up and their thinking clears, many formerly resistant addicts decide they want to change.
MYTH 5: Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point trying again. Recovery from drug addiction is a long process that often involves setbacks. Relapse doesn’t mean that treatment has failed or that sobriety is a lost cause. Rather, it’s a signal to get back on track, either by going back to treatment or adjusting the treatment approach.
Drug abuse and addiction is a common problem all over the world. Use the little knowledge you have about it to help those struggling with addiction and make the world a better place.