Questions that might have struck your mind after reading the heading could be:
1: Isn’t drug abuse and drug addiction the same thing?
2: What are the leading causes and effects of drug abuse or drug addiction?
3: Does drug overdose lead to death?
The above questions and all the rest you are thinking about are all rational. Findings show that the harmful effects of drugs consume around 8.5 lakh people in India. It is not much of a surprise, if you too, are worried about the impact of a drug that has come down upon someone you love.
Drug Abuse v/s Drug Addiction
We may misinterpret drug abuse to be drug addiction or vice versa. But, there is a clear difference between drug abuse and drug addiction.
Drug abuse is the precursor to drug addiction. Being highly engaged in consuming drugs can negatively affect physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. This is what drug-abusing means.
Talking about drug addiction, have you ever seen a person going on a rampant parade if drugs are denied to him? He seeks cures in every nook and corner. Drug addicts go up to the extent of even stealing to afford their daily dose. Even after knowing its harmful impact, one is unable to stop himself from taking drugs. This is, thus, a mental disorder to keep repeating the same behavior, in this context… consuming drugs!
Damage of drug abuse
Drug abuse can have immense potential in changing to drug addiction.
Ask yourself if your tendency to taking drugs has increased and you crave it day long. This is not a good sign. Although drugs must have started for a recreational purpose, there will be inclinations of consuming more and more medications due to a heavy increase in the dosage.
Drug abuse can cause a lack of interest in things that you previously enjoyed. Either you cannot perform well sober, or there is no fascination left to do any task.
Cocooning yourself within the clenching effects of drugs, you will start being more distant from your family members and friends. Drugs increase the levels of apathy in a person.
People under the abusing effects of drugs are not capable of maintaining a decent physical appearance. Abrupt loss and gain of weight is a common symptom.
Physical manifestations are; bloodshot eyes, swollen face, marks of injections, change in skin tone color.
An erratic sleeping pattern is another damage caused due to drug abuse. The person is either sleeping way too much, or none at all.
Also, notice if you see a change in yourself. Sudden mood swings, feeling gloomy, troubled, and annoyed are its outcomes, putting all your peace in jeopardy.
Addiction and its effects
Addiction to drugs can have an uncontrollable upshot to oneself. It can make a person break all barriers to get himself a drug dose. Yes, it can be that invasive! The long-term duration of taking drugs degenerates all your body systems. You may also undergo stress, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts if you are an addict. What are the other effects of this ‘mind-controlling substance?’
- Having the urge to inject oneself even after knowing its lashing effects
- Changes in the functioning of the brain start as a predisposing factor to the consumption of drugs
- Abusive relationships between family and friends
- Damage to the entire bodily functions
- Risk of heart attack
- Strokes and seizures
- Abdominal pain, vomiting
- Imbalance in the social wellbeing of oneself
- Crash in the finances
- Self afflicted pain and misery
- Permanent brain damage
As we have seen, drug abuse not only creates drama in one’s life but also causes strain amongst the people who are a part of the drug addict’s life.
If you are struggling to overcome your addictions or know anyone who has fallen into this ‘deep pit hole.’ Mark it as your duty to offer a helping hand. In your case, step down from the ‘artificially high’ you have built around yourself and face reality. Drugs can cause a marring effect in your life. Ask for help by contacting the;
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