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Drugs can change the way the mind works and actually encourage drug abuse.
It is a challenge for many to understand how and why people become addicted to drugs. Quite often, people will make the mistake of thinking that drug or alcohol abusers must have an “immoral” gene that gets switched on at some point in their life. Or, the addicted individual simply lack willpower. The truth is drug and alcohol addiction are complex matters with complex reasons as to why an individual became addicted in the first place.
Quitting Drugs Is Difficult
Drugs can change the way the mind works and actually encourage drug abuse. This makes quitting extremely difficult. Quitting takes a lot more than the mere will to stop. Through advancements in science, we know more about how the brain works than ever before. Treatments can now be tailored to an individual’s specific needs.
There are a plethora of negative consequences associated with drug abuse that affect both society and the individual. Drug abuse may cost the nation close to $600 billion dollars annually. When considering the medical costs, insurance costs, and other damages, that is staggering amount. Substance abuse is responsible for lost jobs, broken careers, school failures, family problems, child abuse, and domestic violence to name a few. On a more serious note, how many deaths have been attributed to illegal drug use, or overdose from prescription drugs?
What Happens to the Brain When Taking Drugs?
Brain cells send, receive and process billions of pieces of information. Drugs work to dismantle and change the way the brain works. The pleasure center of the brain naturally releases neurotransmitters, which give a person their sense of pleasure. Drugs have a tendency to sort circuit the system, and supply their own pleasure transmissions directly to the body. A person quickly becomes addicted and the body craves such pleasures more and more. Drugs work to overstimulate the reward circuits in the brain.
Not Everyone Who Abuses Drugs Will Become Addicted
There is no “one” factor that can predict when a person will be addicted if they abuse drugs. Everyone’s chemistry is different. However, there are a number of factors that may prevent, or preclude addiction, which include the following.
Personal Development. How you develop can determine your attraction to, or rejection of, drugs. If you began taking drugs at an early age, there is a strong likelihood that it can lead to addiction. For adolescents, this poses a serious challenge. The fact remains their minds will not fully develop until the age of 25. Habits obtained during youth are hard to break later on in life.
A Behavioral Mindset That Prevents Drug Abuse
Prevention is the key, and you will likely hear that time and again. Prevention starts at an early age with our friends, associations, peers, and other cultural factors. It starts out by helping kids to understand how harmful drug use can be. Then, hopefully, they will have a different reaction when temptation rears its ugly head. It is up to medical professionals, teacher, parents, and professional of every walk of life to teach their kids that drug use can lead to addiction.
Prevention is the key because many addicts will wait until they hit rock bottom to seek help. By then, their lives could be completely out of control. Damage has been done, and they may be looking at a long uphill road to recovery. Never enable a person because it may take them longer to reach the conclusion that they need help. It is also important to seek help before the justice system becomes involved in the addicted person’s life. Even then, it is not too late to turn the ship around.