Essay Drug Abuse

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Drug abuse dates as far back as the Biblical era, so it is not a new phenomenon. “The emotional and social damage and the devastation linked to drugs and their use is immeasurable.” The ripple of subversive and detrimental consequences from alcoholism, drug addictions, and addictive behavior is appalling. Among the long list of effects is lost productivity, anxiety, depression, increased crime rate, probable incarceration, frequent illness, and premature death. The limitless consequences include the destruction to personal development, relationships, and families (Henderson 1-2). “Understandably, Americans consider drug abuse to be one of the most serious problems” in the fabric of society. And although “addiction is the result of …show more content…
The majority of their time is spent thinking about drug usage. They plan their usage carefully and choose their friends based on the availability of drugs. Then the aspect of denial becomes integral. Addicts make excuses to use. Any excuse is valid, It could be because they are sad or mad, lonely, depressed, made a bad test grade, are in trouble with the authorities, had an argument with a girlfriend or parent or a teacher until they find a way to get high. The abused substance often doesn’t matter and getting high becomes all that is important regardless. They lose control on how to moderate their use and over their willpower to prioritize their life, thus allowing the drugs to take precedence, affecting family and friend relationships. Former friends drift further away, and the addict bonds more closely with a new set of user/addict “friends.” Everyone gets along when one is high, and the endless spiral begins to form where all hope is lost. By now, the addict may have medical, legal, or psychiatric problems, but still justify their continued abuse because of their problems or because they are stressed, or the sky is blue, the sun is out, or hey, it’s raining, etc. (Nagle 17-19). According to Leshner, drug addiction “is the result of drugs changing your brain in fundamental ways” (Torr 13). There are two kind of addition: psychological and physical.

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