Some people can cope with depression, when in turn, people that are emotionally unstable, cannot. With all of the antidepressants on the market today, people are becoming dependent on these drugs that virtually ?mess with their heads? rather than ?clear their minds?. In the past, people dealt with depression without these ?happy pills? and did just fine coping and recuperating.
However, after a short amount of time, the individual will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and become very ill. The addict then will have to continue taking the drugs to feel normal again. Even though using the drug is causing terrible health, legal, or family problems, the drug abuser cannot stop taking it on their own. They need help to stop using drugs, however sometimes the addict is too ashamed to ask for assistance from anyone. Yet, other people who are addicted do not believe their addiction problems are out of control.
Alcoholism and drug dependence can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Many people use alcohol or another substance to ease their pain, stress, or anxiety, some use it for recreational use, and others use it as medicine. Many can use a substance without a negative effect or becoming addicted to it, but in some the substance would affect their everyday life. For example, teenagers can’t function well at school or stay focused, parents will start losing jobs, abandon their children, ruin their relationships, and their life. These substances appear to be fun and enjoyable, but they will leave you feeling helpless, isolated, heartbroken, and even ashamed.
This is a major issue with opioid use because the patients need more of the medication to get their pain to go away, and then get addicted and cannot stop taking the pill. There are physical signs of addiction, and these include drowsiness, constricted pupils, nausea, and dry mouth (Drugs of Abuse). These signs occur when addicted to both opioids and heroin. Also, signs of an overdose while using heroin or opioids are blue lips and fingernails, slow breaths and clammy skin (Drugs of Abuse). Doctors not warning their patients about all of the warnings of weaning off these medications can cause them to start doing harder drugs.
To begin with, the people who are addicted to drugs are hard to get rid of taking. Normally, a lot of people assumed that because of the lack of moral principles and willpower, the drug abusers cannot stop abusing through changing their behavior (NIH 2012). But in the real world, giving up abusing takes more than strongly will, because the ways of brain is changed by drugs that enhance the compulsive drug abuse. As a result, it is difficult of drug users to stop abusing the drugs. Furthermore, drug users might kill themselves if they cannot take drugs appropriately.
Also of 19.000 live births in the US found that birth defects were five times higher in babies whose mothers have been taking this medicine. After fifteen minutes of taking Valium people feel calm, relieved and secure but between doses they become fidgety. Taking Valium or court order someone to take Valium is not helping the individual who instead of talking out his/her problems and expressing his/her feelings these are just being repressed or ignored. After a while these individuals become addicted and end up with more troubles than the ones they had before taking anything. Mental illness was once considered to be a personal failing but now scientists know that is just a chemical imbalance.
Most medical professionals consider opiate addiction to be a psychological as well as physiological disease. If they do not inject heroin on a regular schedule they could become violently ill. Many of these people that have opiate addiction will end up in the various prison systems around the country. While in prison, they will receive little to no treatment for their addiction. However, some of these same opiate users will find their way to a methadone clinic.
Many people tend to drink as a substitute to the real world. They do not want to face the consequences of their life, so they drink to block things out. This then starts to cause a depression because they cannot face what is really going on in their lives. Alcohol is known as a depressant. Many people who consume alcohol tend to have minor case of depression without knowing it.
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.
Cancer is a natural reaction when the body undergoes an unhealthy lifestyle over a long period of time yet most doctors suggest many life threatening drugs to solve this problem. In fact, many people end up using the strong drug/s for their whole lives because of the side effects of chemo and radiation, leading them into thinking that the drug is making them better when it is actually making it worse. In conclusion, even though drugs are a major part in our society, whether it is taking a painkiller to help sore backs or taking a Panadol to cure headaches, we have to acknowledge that drugs are not safe to use regardless of the situation. Using drugs wisely is important as it minimises the risks of our bodies undergoing trauma, thus proving my point that legal drugs are worse than illegal drugs.