Drug (as well as alcohol) addiction typically starts off as recreational, whereby the individual drinks and/or in a social setting. The disease is progressive, which means that as time passes, he or she will exhibit a higher tolerance, frequently engage in the behavior and experience intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Drug addiction has always been a menace to society. In their many forms, drugs have been around to threaten the well-being of just about any individual, young and old alike, the rich and the have-nots. The well-known fact that some celebrities or famous people do drugs does not help at all. What everyone needs to do then is to understand how a single dose or a couple of grams could impact on a person.
A moment of promised ecstasy or relaxed state-of-mind makes you keep coming back for more. Education is key to knowing why you should stay away from the substance altogether. Let’s set aside the harmful physical effects of addiction such as the sweats and chills, and zero in on the most significant ones — those that transform you into a different person:
It is at the top of the list because this is the MAIN reason why people become hooked on drugs. The majority of junkies become what they are because of the “cloud-9” feeling that makes them forget their woes. But once the effect wears off, you go back to reality.
In between fixes, you revert to your old worrisome self who can’t wait to get your next dose. If you’re not rich, how do get your hands on some cash to get your fix? These are just a few of the triggers that make you anxious.
You still have not gotten your fix. Therefore, you suddenly see yourself feeling so insanely happy yesterday but downright snappy the next day. Even stuff that used to cheer you up doesn’t seem to do the trick.
This refers to fidgeting all the time and sometimes bordering on paranoia. It is a trait of a typical addict that is played tirelessly in soap operas and movies. Well, it’s true. All those chemicals slowly that are eating their way into your system are doing an excellent job in turning you into a wreck.
You get disgusted and easily angry at just about anything.Your solution: to get that next dose as soon as possible.
Junkies are predisposed to act irrationally. Almost all of the crimes in the world are drug-induced or drug related. The harmful ingredients of drugs bring lasting adverse effects on the body that wreak havoc to your otherwise normal physiological processes. Your brain cannot function well.
When people tell you that you’ve become a different person you laugh it off and say that you’ve never felt better in your entire life. They point to you that you’ve been such a “weirdo” these days because you switch from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde at an instant. Running away from the truth that you’re no longer the same you is your subconscious mind working, and the drugs helping.
These are all the telltale signs of a real junky. The effects cannot be overemphasized. What we really must understand is that the personality-transforming power of substance abuse is as dangerous to the user as it is to other people.
People With Drug Problems Might Act Differently Than They Used to
- spend a lot of time alone
- lose interest in their favorite things
- get messy—for instance, not bathe, change clothes, or brush their teeth
- be really tired and sad
- be very energetic, talk fast, or say things that don’t make sense
- be nervous or cranky (in a bad mood)
- quickly change between feeling bad and feeling good
- sleep at strange hours
- miss important appointments
- have problems at work
- eat a lot more or a lot less than usual
People with an addiction usually can’t stop taking the drug on their own. They want and need more. They might try to stop taking the drug and then feel really sick. Then they take the drug again to stop feeling sick. They keep using the drug even though it’s causing terrible family, health, or legal problems. They need help to stop using drugs.
What To Do Next?
Remember that addiction is a mental illness. Their drug use may have started as infrequent or occasional, but once it’s gotten out of control, willpower alone isn’t enough to fix the problem. The drugs have caused major changes in their brain, and they need professional help. Blaming them for this problem won’t give them any motivation to get clean that they don’t have already, and it may promote feelings of shame or guilt that further feed the addiction.