Addiction is one of the prevalent problems of the present society. It comes in different types. It affects one’s health, relationship, and job’s.
In the medical field, addiction is defined as the 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 ordinary tongue, it is the condition of being physically and psychologically addicted on something to such a degree that unexpected cessation causes severe physical and mental reactions.
Every addictive substance induces mental/psychological numbness and a profound sense of well-being, sometimes called euphoria. This is what makes it so addictive. 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. Subsequently and unintentionally, they look and crave for more of the same substance. This will then become a pattern. Then the pattern becomes a habit, and finally this leads to drug addiction.
The users are always the immediate victims. 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.
The most obvious effect is a deterioration of the users’ 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 misunderstandings with friends as they are more irritated and hyper-sensitive during the times the drug’s euphoric effect wore off. They also neglect their responsibilities with their family and their jobs causing marital and office-related conflict. Users often get into legal trouble that ranges from petty arrests to incarceration.
Everyone is not safe from the clutches of addiction. This is due to the reason that addictive substances are now easily obtained. The most susceptible victims are those who seeks courage. .
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. Usually, users/victims start to use drugs without the intentions for prolonged use. All they are looking for is an immediate fix and escape of and from their current situation. Sadly, they are drawn deeper before they knew it. The desire to use the substance/drugs again grows stronger. Without being fully aware, they already starting drug addiction.
Drug addiction is an ailment the society needs to cure. Once people get addicted, will-power to discontinue on the victims end is never enough. It is no longer a question of the determination of the victims to stop. They are already under the influence of the substance/drugs to such a level 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 always be present.
Addiction comes in different types and affects health, relationship, and job conditions.