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.
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 state of being physically and psychologically addicted on something to such a degree that unexpected 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 makes it so addictive. For example, a prescribed drug that helps people from physical/mental pain and distress. Every time people feels the pain, they directly rely on the drug that calms them and soothes away their pain. Then, craving more for the substance occurs. This becomes recurring, this becomes 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 frequently 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. This is due to the reason that addictive substances are now easily obtained. The most susceptible victims are those who feel abandoned and painfully ache for company.
People use drug as an escape. People find 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. Their current situation is no longer bearable for them and they find solace on using drugs. Before they knew it, they are drawn deeper. The want to use the substance/drugs again grows stronger. And before they knew it, they’ve totally become dependent to those substances.
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 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. The assistance of specialists are needed because it has already developed into a psychological ailment. Most of all, the help, support and understanding of friends and family members should never be absent.
Drug addiction is greatly prevalent in most societies that cure should be prioritized.