The Effects of Drugs, Alcohol, and Abuse on Families Drugs and Alcohol have taken over the lives of many people and ruined many families, this problem has been plaguing people for many years and it just seems to get worse over time. This continuous cycle of drug and abuse seems to carry on from generation to generation and this is where we need to get off our chairs and face the problem head on and do something about it. In this paper I will be going over the problems that we are having in today’s society and what I think we need to do to fix it. In order to discuss the problems about drugs and alcohol you first need some information about them, what they are and how they affect the body. There is such an abundance of drug and alcohol related problems and death in the world, I think that part of the problem is that people don’t always know what to expect when they take them.
On the other hand, the extreme use of drugs and substances has been regarded as a disease, especially ... ... middle of paper ... ... is a chronic reversing disease that needs to be treated like other diseases since it affects the functioning of an addict (Stanbrook, 2012). An individual’s continued use or abuse of drugs causes changes in other brain chemicals and circuits. In some cases, addiction contributes to impaired cognitive function by affecting brain segments that are critical for decision making, memory, judgment, and learning. Conclusion: Addiction is a condition that develops from a simple immoral act or increased dependency on drugs for normal functioning of the body. While it has traditionally been considered as a condition brought by behavioral problems, addiction is a disease of the brain as evident in the findings in neuroscience, genetics, and biological studies.
BODY A. Main Point: What defines an addiction? According to Psychology Today, “Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance…. or engages in an activity….that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” This can range anywhere from drug use to eating disorders, to gambling, to even texting in today’s generation. Shocking to say the least, especially when most people do not even know they are addicted or are an addict until they realize this definition.
Withdrawal symptoms are side effects of not having enough of the drug in one’s body. Other withdrawal symptoms can include increased appetite, insomnia, constipation, or diarrhea. Some drugs can cause violence, trembling, seizures, hallucinations, and sweats. Withdrawal symptoms are what commonly prevent one from stopping drug use. The symptoms can sometimes be too hard to handle, so the user resorts to continuing drug use.
And finally, addiction can be caused by the state of mind in an individual. People who are mentally unstable often turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. Once they are out of their bad state of mind and under the influence, they start to use more to get out of their own heads. Drugs and alcohol are dangerous to get involved with and if they aren’t used correctly and or responsibly, they can lead to over-usage and addiction.
Substance Abuse Another major topic that the sociology of aging covers is the topic of substance abuse. Abusing drugs such as alcohol, nicotine, and tobacco can cause a lot of complications on a person’s overall health and lifestyle especially while aging. Not only do complications occur, but one can also possibly overdose from drinking too much alcohol. Nicotine and tobacco is also known to cause lung cancer. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much even once in a single session is known to cause major health problems, which in turn can possibly cause more health problems in the future.
According to mayoclinic.org, a drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or a medication. When addicted, the person may not be able to control their drug use and they may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication. Drug addiction is a serious problem that can affect the person's body and mind, there are many factors that lead to addiction, and simple treatments to help an addict recover and keep away from relapsing.
Abstract Depression strikes a large number of people around the world. It can be brought on by many things, such as childhood trauma, social issues, and drug use. The one thing that sets depression apart from many other mental afflictions is that everyone who has it may have it for different reasons and are taking different steps to remedy it. Some seek psychoanalysis while some rely on a pill to make them feel better. Others turn to self-medication, in the case of depression known as self-loathing, self-mutilation, and suicide.
Drinking and using an excessive amount of drugs can harm an individual health. When consuming alcohol for an extended period, it can cause alcoholism, heart attacks, depression, and family problems (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2016). Cocaine is highly addicted drugs that can cause a poor diet since it reduces the desire for food and loss of smell (NIH, 2016). People that use marijuana can have difficulty understanding and remember information (The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, 2016). The use of amphetamines for an extended period can affect the brain not to function proper (Foundation for Drug-Free World, 2016).
This is followed by a relapse stage where they start using the substance again. Addiction can cause serious long-term consequences including issues with mental and physical health, relationships, employment and the law. To help a person overcome an addiction it may take help from a doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organized treatment program. In society today, there is a controversial argument on whether addiction really is a brain disease or not. Some people feel that addiction is really a brain disease that affected individuals cannot control, while others feel that it is a test of strength and will.