The Truth About Drugs.

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Rhonda Carter
Instructor Womer
Criminology the Core – 1001
September 30, 2011

What does the medical literature indicate about addictive personalities?

Drugs are essentially poisons (The truth about drugs). The amount taken determines the effect; A small amount acts as a stimulant (speeds you up), A greater amount acts as a sedative (slows you down); an even larger amount poisons and can kill (The truth about drugs). This is true of any drug, only the amount needed to achieve the effect differs (The truth about drugs). But many drugs have another liability: they directly affect the mind by twisting the user’s perception of what is happening around him or her, and as a result, the person’s actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate and even destructive (The truth about drugs). Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones and the unwanted ones; so, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and clouds one’s thinking (The truth about drugs).

Why do you think people take drugs?

People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. They think drugs are a solution; but eventually, the drugs become the problem. Difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. Here are some of the reasons young people have given me for taking drugs: To fit in, to escape or relax, to relieve boredom, to seem grown up, to rebel, and to experiment; my opinion in regards to these not so important reasons is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place; which eventually becomes addictive. Do you know anyone with an addiction-prone personality?

A state of physiological or psychological dependence of a potentially harmful drug, that motivates a person to do or be affected by something; disturbing the totality of somebody's attitudes, interests, behavioral patterns, emotional...
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