Substance abuse disorders are common in our society. It is a disorder that each one of us will most likely experience through a family member, friend, or our self. I felt very drawn to this topic due to the fact that I have a family that has background of substance abuse and I myself have battle the demon. Not until I struggled with my own addiction did I become more tolerable and understanding to those that have a substance abuse disorder. Substance abuse is not something anyone wants to have; it is a disorder that takes control of a person’s life. It is a beast that tears a person apart; from their being to the lives of their loved ones. This disorder is not biased in anyway; rich or poor, male or female, employed or unemployed, young or old, and any race or ethnicity” (E Not Alone). Early American alcohol abuse dates back as far as our ancestors settling the 13 colonies. Whiskey was popularly used and early developing towns in those original colonies did start to want to rid their towns of the “town drunk”. Laws would be instilled in those settlements to put the town drunk into jail, saving the town embarrassment of one of its people. Opium was introduced to America when Chinese immigrants came to California in the 1850’s to work in the gold mines and on the railroads (DEA Museum). It didn’t take long for American’s to become addicted to opium. Opium dens became common in communities and women and young people started to take pleasure in the far off land of euphoria that opium provided. Due to the overgrowing popularity and concern of the affects this drug had taken on the population the government tried to implement taxes. “Initially, opium was taxed, then licensed, then discouraged, and ultimately made illegal for most us... ... middle of paper ... ...nging their whole life. Works Cited ""Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - The Science of Addiction" - Drug Abuse and Addiction." Web. 14 Dec. 2010. Home | Drugtext. Web. 14 Dec. 2010. "Illegal Drugs in America: A Modern History." DEA Museum & Visitors Center. Web. 14 Dec. 2010. State, By. "Holistic Drug Rehabilitation | Treatment Centers." Addiction Treatment | Drug. Web. 14 Dec. 2010. "Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Overcoming Alcohol and Drug Addiction While Coping with Depression or Anxiety." Helpguide.org: Understand, Prevent and Resolve Life's Challenges. Web. 14 Dec. 2010. "What Is Substance Abuse?" ENotAlone: Relationship, Personal Growth, Health Advice and Articles. Web. 14 Dec. 2010. "Withdrawal Symptoms for Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Physical, Emotional." Addictions and Recovery.org - Relapse Prevention and Coping Skills. Web. 14 Dec. 2010
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It is not uncommon to view drug addiction as a problem that is created and maintained by the drug addicts. Most of
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The consequences that follow the use of any drug are unfavorable. Although many individuals may see drug addiction as a mere lifestyle choice, it is a problem that many individuals suffer from and inevitably a growing issue that leaves major social and economic impacts.
If you are suffering from substance abuse or know of someone who is, seek help whether it is from books, counselors, etc. While it can be hard to cure everyone of a substance abuse problem, there is always a chance to reduce the number of abusers. The more educated people are about their problem and acknowledge the need for help, the easier it will be to help. Have faith that things will change and get better.
Substance abuse complicates almost every aspect of care for the person with a mental disorder. When drugs enter the brain, they can interrupt the work and actually change how the brain performs its jobs; these changes are what lead to compulsive drug use. Drug abuse plays a major role when concerning mental health. It is very difficult for these individuals to engage in treatment. Diagnosis for a treatment is difficult because it takes time to disengage the interacting effects of substance abuse and the mental illness. It may also be difficult for substance abusers to be accommodated at home and it may not be tolerated in the community of residents of rehabilitation programs. The author states, that they end up losing their support systems and suffer frequent relapses and hospitalizations (Agnes B. Hatfield, 1993).
Fisher, G. L. & Harrison, T. C. (2009). Substance abuse: Information for school counselors, social workers, therapists, and counselors (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson - Allyn and Bacon.
Families and friends are devastated when their loved ones resort to drugs and alcohol. Relationships are ruined when someone is addicted to escaping reality by distorting their mind because an addict will steal and lie to get their next high. Parents want to help, but it reaches a point where they cannot tolerate the mischievous behavior any longer. Friends begin to distance themselves, avoiding contact with the person abusing drugs.