Recreational Drug Use Essay

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Based upon the intent of the individual drug use can be instrumental and recreational. Instrumental use occurs when a person is taking a drug, not with the intention of getting high, but with a specific socially approved goal in mind like staying alert or falling asleep. Instrumental drug use does not interfere with the duties and responsibilities. Society justifies instrumental drug use as legitimate in spite of the fact that they are available by prescription and over the counter (Levinthal, 2011) Recreational drug use occurs when a person is taking the drug for the purposes of experiencing the effect of the drug itself. The motivation is to experience a pleasurable feeling or achieve a positive state of mind. The consequences of recreational…show more content…
Injection is a solution to the issues of oral administration. The drugs are administered in a method that bypasses the digestive process entirely and delivers the drug more directly into the bloodstream. One option is to inject the drug through a hypodermic syringe and needle. The fastest means of injection is an intravenous injection, since the drug is delivered into a vein without any intermediary tissue. The effects of drugs administered via intravenous injections arrive at the brain in less than 15 seconds. Intramuscular injections are another method of injection. The drug is delivered into a large muscle usually in the upper arm, thigh or buttock and is absorbed in to the bloodstream through the capillaries. Intramuscular injections have slower absorption rates than intravenous injections but can be delivered more rapidly in emergency situations. A third injection technique is subcutaneous delivery. This is the process in which the drug is inserted into the tissue just underneath the skin. Because the skin has a less abundant blood supply relative to muscle, a subcutaneous injection has the slowest absorption time of all the injection techniques. All injections require a needle and syringe (Levinthal,…show more content…
Either of these conditions can eventually lead to substance abuse, however if an individual is physiologically dependent there is evidence of tolerance or withdrawal. These individuals can often be helped with other life sustaining drugs to aid in the gradual process of altogether kicking the dependency. Individuals without physiological dependence have no signs of ever trying to rid themselves of their dependency either because the pain experienced without the drug is too much or it simply feels too good to be high. The DSM-IV has identified several markers for drug
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