Using prohibited drugs is one of the biggest concerns in the society at present. It is very common among teenagers to engage such activity. Drug addiction could basically signify that a person needs a drug in order for him or her to function normally or to portray things the way he or she wanted it to be. It is a compulsive use of a substance despite the knowledge that continues in take of the drugs may cause negative or dangerous effects. There are variety of reasons why people continue to use these dangerous substances. It has not been found out yet as to what is the exact cause on why people get addicted. However, different possible causes of drug dependence has already been studied. The genes of the individual is considered to be a possible cause;, it will happen when a person has a high tolerance of drugs and become dependent with it to the level that he or she will not be contented with just a small amount of the substance. Another cause is due to peer pressure that takes place in every society. Peer pressures may lead to substance in take. Emotional problem can also be a possible cause. People who are in distress, anxious and depress may choose to take drugs as their means of coping up for them to not remember the state of emotional pain they presently feel. Lastly, the opportunity of environmental stress to happen when children grow up in a surrounding in which they can observe individuals who are illicitly using prohibited drugs. These children might first observe their parents using drugs and later on in life their experiences at early years may put them at higher risk for developing an addiction. Also, it has been observed that people who are more probable to abuse or become dependent on drugs are those who have easy access to drugs, low self esteem or those that encounter problems with their present relationships, those who exist in a stressful lifestyle and for those individual who exist in a culture wherein there is a high acceptance of drug use.
Opiates, Central nervous system (CNS) stimulants, Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants, Hallucinogens and Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) are substances that are commonly used as an addictive drug by people across age, society and culture. As an effective painkiller, opiates and narcotics are powerful substances that makes a person drowsy. These include heroin, opium, codeine, and oxycodone or oxycontin. Central nervous system depressants is comprise of barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chloral hydrate and paraldehyde. These central nervous system depressants gives off an anxiety reducing effect and can also act as a sedative. On the other hand, central nervous system (CNS) stimulants include amphetamines, cocaine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, and methylphenidate or retalin. A stimulating effect is what makes this drug attractive to drug users where in succeeding use would lead to tolerance thus higher amount would be needed to achieve the effect which ultimately translate to drug addiction. Hallucinogens comprise of LSD, mescaline, psilocybin and phencyclidine or angel dust. From the word hallucinogens, the effects are quite obvious which is to make the users hallucinate.
Drug addiction is a result of different stages. Any person may use drugs which may not cause harm to then but others who uses prohibited drugs and develop dependence may result to destruction. It has been observed that young people of today seem to surpass more quickly through the stages of drug dependence. The first stage occurs when an individual decides to try the illegal drug for the reason of peer pressure. The second stage happens when because of utilizing the substance, important events are being missed out. This certain stage would make the person to worry about the thought of losing drug source, uses drugs in order to get away with negative feelings and begins to mingle individuals who are regular drug users. Third stage is daily preoccupation. During this stage, the drug user loses motivation. He will not be in mind anymore on his surroundings and will lost interests on important matters. Dependence is the last stage, this will exist when a person cannot face daily life without drugs and losses control when it comes to drugs.
However, drug addiction still have possible cures with the aid of support group and some professionals who are studying different concepts in order to organize drug dependents thoughts.
Drug addiction could merely indicate that a person needs a drug in order for him or her to function normally or to portray things the way he or she wanted it to be.