Drug addiction is a problem that has been increasing immensely among our society today. Drug addictions can only hinder or restrain us from accomplishing goals or dreams in life. People sometimes feel they are too bright, too powerful, too much in control to become addictive. Addiction can trap anyone. It can lead to harming ones body, causing problems in family structure, and contribute to the delinquency in society. The sooner people seek help for drug addiction problems, the more chances they have of gaining control of their life once again. However, abstinence is the safest way to live a longer and healthier life. We are greatly influenced by the people around us. Today one of the number one reasons of teenage drug usage is peer pressure. Peer pressure represents social influences that affect us. It can have a positive or a negative effect, depending on what path one follows. There is direct and indirect pressure that might influence a person’s decision in using drugs. Direct pressure might be when a person is offered to try drugs. Indirect pressure might be when a person is around people using drugs and sees that there is nothing wrong with using drugs. Adolescents who use drugs seek out peers. Prolong use of this substance, causes chronic disease to the liver, damages other organs, and may contribute to cancer to the esophagus. Addiction not only affects that one person, but also affects the people around them. Fighting drug addiction problems through education can stop drug abuse. One might do it just to be considered "cool" by the group. Addicts will always point out their freedom to choose, that they are the only ones to decide what to do with their life. Drugs have very harmful effects on the user and the people with whom the user interacts. o also use and, in turn, are influenced by those peers (Berndt, 1992). Using heavy and very high addictive drugs such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and many others will cause damage to the nervous...
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