In the present society, drug addiction is considered to be a top problem. It comes in several forms and it affects people’s judgment, health, relationships and jobs.
In the medical field, addiction is defined as the chronic relapsing condition characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and abuse and by long-lasting chemical changes in the brain. Addiction is the same irrespective of whether the drug is alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, or nicotine. In lay-man’s term, it is the condition of being physically and psychologically addicted on something to such an extent that unexpected cessation causes severe physical and mental reactions.
The feeling of euphoria and a profound sense of well-being usually accompanies drug addiciton. This is what draws people in. For example, a prescribed drug that helps people from physical/mental pain and distress. Every time people feels the pain, they directly rely on the drug that calms them and soothes away their pain. Then, craving more for the substance occurs. This becomes recurring, this becomes a pattern. Drug addiction is the obvious result of this pattern.
The immediate victims are, of course, the users themselves. This could branch out from family members, to friends, to work bosses, and to the society because one way or another, your behavior will affect them.
The most obvious effect is a deterioration of the users’ physical health. Effects such as sudden weight loss/gain, bloodshot eyes, and tremors in some cases are the most observable. Then, these drug dependents often go into conflicts with friends as they are more irritated and hyper-sensitive during the times the drug’s euphoric effect wore off. Neglect on the responsibilities unto their families and jobs also happens which causes conflicts. Users often get into legal trouble that ranges from petty arrests to incarceration.
Everyone is not safe from the clutches of addiction. This is due to the reason that addictive substances are now easily obtained. The most susceptible victims are those who seeks courage. .
Escape is one of the major reasons why there is a rising percentage on the use of drugs. People see drugs as a reason to run away from present distress and discomfort that they are feeling. Usually, users/victims start to use drugs without the intentions for prolonged use. All they are looking for is an immediate fix and escape of and from their current situation. Before they knew it, they are drawn deeper. The desire to use the substance/drugs again grows stronger. Without being fully aware, they already starting drug addiction.
In a society that is infested with drug addiction, cure should always be a priority. Once people get addicted, will-power to end on the victims end is not enough. It is no longer a question of the willingness of the victims to stop. They are already under the influence of the substance/drugs to such an extent that they continue to use them, despite knowing it’s hurting them and other people as well. It is a mental/psychological ailment so medical/psychological assistance should be present as well. Most of all, the help, support and understanding of friends and family members should never always be present.
Drug addiction is greatly prevalent in most societies that cure should be prioritized.