Influence of Drugs to Youngsters

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THE INFLUENCE OF PROHIBITED DRUGS TO YOUNGSTER

SONNY MADAMBA

February 2013 
THE INFLUENCE OF PROHIBITED DRUGS TO YOUNGSTERS

I. INTRODUCTION

Prohibited drugs are often addictive. The word “addictive” means that a person will want to keep taking the drug. They can also be bad for the health and could cause death if overdosed. Drugs can be highly addictive, and that’s one of the main dangers. Drug abuse – two words that strike fear, confusion and concern into parent’s hearts. And with good reasons, as drug abuse can have a serious, life changing impact on youngsters, their physical and mental health is at stake.

Most of the drugs are meant to be used medically, so if you use them without prescription, it might have side effects that will damage oneself. Drugs are considered dangerous because they typically have chemical and/or physical effects on the person using them, some of which may be harmful that can result in changes in state of mind and/or behavior. These effects are felt and interpreted differently by every individual, and because of this can even cause potentially dangerous behaviors. The risk of addiction is also considered a danger, due to obvious reasons.

Many do not understand why individuals become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse. They mistakenly view drug abuse and addiction as strictly a social problem and may characterize those who take drugs as morally weak. One very common belief is that, drug abusers should be able to just stop taking drugs if they really wanted and willing to change their behavior. What people often underestimate is the complexity of drug addiction – that it’s a disease that impacts the brain and because of that, stopping drug abuse is not simply a matter of willpower.

Through scientific advances we now know much more about how exactly drug works in the brain, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and resume their productive lives. Addiction is a chrnic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the individual that is addicted and to those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease! Certainly true that mostly, if not all, voluntary usage is possible. Overtime, the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person’s self control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time send intense impulses to take drugs.

Prohibited drugs are substances of natural or synthetic origin which can alter the emotional state, perception, body functioning or behavior of an organism and generally tend to be illegal. Lot of us drink alcohol, even more of us drink coffee or tea. Outside of the growing group of people who turn their back on any drug use because of a religious belief, it’s rare to find anyone who finds the non-prescribed use of these drugs to change our state of mind disagreeable on point of principle. It would be noticing that other religious groups actually include the use of alcohol as part of religious ritual.

All drugs are essentially taken to kill pain, the user takes the substance to escape physical or emotional pain. Sometimes, they are looking to escape from both. Sometimes, an individual finds that they are unable to handle a part of their life and taking drugs makes it seem as though they have already solved their problem. For a brief period of time they feel better and things don’t seem as bad as they were.

The individual’s problem begin to build simultaneously as they take more drugs. Often they become so hard and difficult to communicate with. They may withdraw and display strange behavior that is associated with addiction. And as time passes they focus their attention on using and do anything to obtain the drug. In the end, the...
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