Essay The Effects Of Drug Abuse On The Person 's Life

1036 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
The use of drugs can negatively affect various aspects of a person’s life. The results of addiction can be destructive to the person’s home life, work, and community, and impact society as a whole. One of the by-products of addiction is crime, which can inevitably lead to incarceration. Drug-related crime can range from possession, distributing, stealing to obtain drugs, violence and destructive behavior. Historically, punishment for addicted criminals has been harsh, as society viewed addiction as a choice. However, in recent times the overall consensus is that drug addiction is a disease. This has started to change the methods that society uses to deal with drug-related crimes. According to, The National Association of Drug Court Professional, “80 percent of offender’s abuse drugs or alcohol. Additionally, 60 to 80 percent of drug abusers commit a new crime (typically a drug-driven crime) after release from prison.” (1) Giving alternatives to incarceration for non-violent drug offenders combats the primary cause of the addiction, decrease prison costs, and reduce recidivism.
Drug addiction is a multifaceted disease. According to, The National Institute of Drug Abuse, “While the path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs, over time a person 's ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised, and seeking and consuming the drug becomes compulsive. This behavior results largely from the effects of prolonged drug exposure on brain functioning.” (2)…

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