More often than not, drug addiction starts from recreational use. Getting a fix every now and then when you are with your friends can get you hooked. It is very common for people, especially those in their teens, to disregard the danger of abusing illegal substances. They are often unaware of what it can do to the mind and body and how it can affect their lives.
Here are 3 things that you probably didn’t know about drug addiction. Knowing these and seeking treatment right away may mean the difference between opening your eyes and realizing its dangers and ending up in a downward spiral of drug addiction.
Drugs are toxic to your body
Just because some drugs that you take were intended for pain management, does not make it ok to take them in excessive amounts. Any type of prescription drug can be dangerous to the body if you take more than what was prescribed by your physician and if they are taken regularly over a long period of time. Drugs are toxins and can be poisonous to the body.
A once a day drug fix can be enough for you today, but over time you will find yourself needing to take it more frequently just to feel “normal”. It is the natural tendency of addicts to increase their dosage to increase the pleasure that they derive from the addiction and once the toxicity level of the body becomes too much to handle, addiction can lead to health problems including death.
Drugs can impede with your brain function
Aside from the dangerous effect of drug addiction to the different parts of your body, the most dangerous effect that it may have is on your brain function which can often be irreversible. The brain is a very complex system which is responsible not only for your thoughts, but also with the proper function of your entire body. Once you damage the brain, it may forever compromise the way your body works as well as the way you behave. In most cases, brain damage is irreversible.
Drug addiction can make you look wooden or blank, with delayed response to situations and stimulus. It makes you forgetful. What used to be very easy to solve math problems can suddenly look like a foreign language to you. In the end, drugs can ruin your creativity and dulls all of your senses.
Drugs are not a solution
Some drug addicts fell into the trap of substance abuse because they tried to use drugs as a way to cope with situations in their lives that they had trouble dealing with. They find the pleasurable feeling that drugs give them is a way to escape from what’s troubling them. Before they know it the drugs become a habit that they cannot break. Instead of dealing with their problems, they have added another problem to deal with.
Whatever problem you may be facing, drug abuse will never ever be a solution and will probably just make matters worse. Yes, the high makes you feel good and forget about your problems for a few hours, but this will only be temporary. The problems will still be there to be dealt with after the effects of the drug wears off. Addressing your issues head on will help you solve the problem for good, and you prevent the risk of getting into more trouble and creating more damage by turning to drugs.