Now that the holidays are here, many people from all walks of life and who are struggling with drug addiction will be finding themselves wishing that they had never tried drugs. Drugs can, and most likely will, ruin the life of anyone who uses them for any extended period of time. What are the best reasons to avoid using drugs? Here are only a few:
Drugs are physically addictive. The easy way to understand this is to recognize that using drugs causes enormous disruption in the systems and biological processes of the body, especially in the chemistry of your brain. To cope with this, the body compensates by adjusting its chemistry in terms of hormones, neurotransmitters and other substances. Taking drugs out of the equation at this point is like pulling one leg out from under a three-legged stool. The result is that the person experiences severely uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. A drug addict will, in fact, very often not even feel like himself or herself without using drugs.
People normally start using drugs as a way to solve some type of problem, such as an unhappy home life, stress at work or social pressure. This doesn’t handle the problem, it only masks it. As time goes on, the person becomes more and more dependent on the drug as a coping mechanism and a way out. A person reaches a point where he or she has to get high to face an uncomfortable social situation, to perform at work or even merely to make it through the day.
Drugs are expensive even for casual use, but an addict needs to get high every week, every day or perhaps even several times per day. The costs of supporting such a habit can be astonishing. Other areas of life will suffer as most or all of the addict’s money goes to paying for the next fix, and he or she may start stealing from friends and family or fail to support loved ones. In other cases, the person is liable to resort to criminal activities to keep up the habit, or might look for cheaper, and more dangerous, ways to get high.
Degrade Your Health
Most drugs can easily be recognized as being poisons, a fact that is reflected by the term, “intoxication,” used to refer to the state of being under the influence of drugs. When a person keeps using drugs over a long period, he or she will tend to have a weaker immune system, his or her internal organs and glands won’t work as well, and the person will likely be sick more often. Addicts typically also suffer health problems due to the fact that they don’t take as good care of themselves as they should, from neglecting to exercise to eating a diet heavy in junk food to staying up for long hours without proper rest.
A drug addict is far more likely to end up in a car crash or other type of accident that may result in serious or even fatal injuries. Spending so much time under the influence of drugs tends to dull the senses, increase reaction time and impair judgment, whether or not the person is high at the time of the accident. To put it simply, people who use drugs don’t see the world around them as brightly and clearly as they should, and for this reason they are a serious liability to themselves and to the rest of us.
What Can I do to Avoid Using Drugs
The best course of action is obvious, namely to avoid drugs and to get help when needed. You can avoid drugs by staying away from parties where you know drugs will be available, as well as by choosing someone you trust and getting his or her agreement to talk with you about your problems and give you the chance to be heard