Drug addiction is the compulsive use of drugs to the point where the individual
feels that they have no choice but to continue using. This phenomenon has
occurred to some degree throughout history. Drug addiction can happen to anyone
and does not depend on age, social status, or economic status. Drug addiction
does not discriminate. An important point to keep in mind
work on the individual
When a person takes a drug, they ingest chemicals that emotionally or physically
kill their pain and alter their perception of reality. Drugs make people feel “numb”.
An estimated 19.5 million Americans over the age of 12 use illegal drugs.
Many other people abuse or are addicted to legal drugs. Marijuana is the most
commonly used illegal drug. While not everyone who uses drugs develops a drug
addiction, many people do. As many as 19,000 people die of drug-related causes
The cycle of drug addiction typically follows a pattern. When an individual
begins to abuse drugs there is almost always an underlying sense of hopelessness,
unhappiness, or physical pain that they are trying to escape. The individual
finds these problems very hard to deal with. They do not know a healthy and
constructive way to handle their problems. These problems could be not fitting
in when they were a teenager, a divorce as an adult, or even a physical injury
or chronic pain. These problems consume the individual
and seem un-endurable. They are unable to find a workable solution.
Almost all of us can relate to the above mentioned problems or feelings. The
only difference is that some people turn to drugs to escape from their problems
and develop a drug addiction. Just as an adolescent in their first crush, a
person who abuses drugs becomes obsessed with their drug of choice and turns
a blind eye to the rest of the world. At this point the individual has started
the downward spiral of drug addiction. They no longer think of the initial
problem that they were looking to escape, they only think of their next high.
They loose the ability to control their impulses, become unable to curb their
usage, and disregard the terrible cost of their actions.
As the individual spirals downward into drug addiction their body goes
through changes too. Their body becomes accustomed to the drugs in their system
and expects the substances to be there. When the drugs are not present, their
body experiences withdrawal. Often, addicts will do almost anything to avoid
the pain of withdrawal. They experience drug cravings as their body thinks
it needs the deadly drugs in its system to work properly. As time passes, the
individual’s drug addiction changes and they now need more and more of
the substance to achieve the same high they desire. This is the dangerous cycle
of drug addiction.