EXERCISE 2: VIRAL CONTENT
Drug abuse is a problem that was picked up in the sixties and has stayed until today. It has caused many different problems such as poverty, health issues etc. Drug abuse is a social and cultural problem not only affecting past generations but also affecting the present generation. It also contributes to problems like poverty, sicknesses, emotional abuse etc.
Statistics show that each year more people become drug addicts rather than addicts recovering. Majority of the population do not understand how people can become addicted to drugs. They often assume that people who use drugs lack morals or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to.
In reality, drug addiction is a complicated disease, and quitting usually takes a lot more than good intentions and a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to quit. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives.
Drugs are basically poison in different forms. The amount taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant and greater amount acts as a sedative. An even larger amount and can kill. This is true of any drug. Only the amount needed to achieve the effect differs. But many drugs have another liability: they directly affect the mind. They can distort the user’s perception of what is happening around him.
As a result, the person’s actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate and even destructive. Drugs blur memory, causing blank spots. When a person tries to get information through this cloudy mess, he can’t do it. Drugs make a person feel slow or stupid and cause him to have failures in life. And as he has more failures and life gets harder, he wants more drugs to help him deal with the problem.
According to "Recovery Connection", there are ten reasons why people abuse drugs.
1. Some drugs are legal-Alcohol and nicotine are not only both legal drugs but they are the most commonly abused drugs.
2. They get a Prescription for drugs-There is a huge misconception that just because a doctor prescribed drugs they are safe. Prescription drugs are every bit as dangerous and addictive as street drugs like cocaine and heroin.
3.Going against the grain-Young adults and teenagers often start to abuse drugs because they are not sure where they fit in. Rebelling by abusing drugs and alcohol is not uncommon among young adults. What can start off as “fun” can quickly turn into an uncontrollable addiction.
4. Feelings of emptiness-Addiction often starts when an individual feels lonely. They turn to drugs and alcohol thinking that it will fill a void that they have been living with.
5. Peer Pressure-Teenagers and adults can succumb to peer pressure. The pressure of being around others who are abusing drugs or alcohol can make anyone follow suit and do things that they never thought they would.
6.Drugs and alcohol can make you feel good- People commonly fall into addiction because they begin using drugs to mask particular emotions that they are going through. The abuse makes them feel good and forget about the problem at hand. Eventually they think they can’t live without drugs.
7. Drugs and alcohol are more available than ever-Prescription drugs, street drugs and alcohol are more available than ever. Prescription drugs can be obtained on the streets, through doctors and even online. Where there is a will there is a way.
8. Alcohol isn’t enough-Often times addiction starts with alcohol but when the effects of alcohol are not what they used to be the addict turns to harder and stronger drugs.
9. Experimenting-It is not uncommon for addiction to stem from a person being curious and experimenting with drugs. It is a scenario that often starts with alcohol or marijuana but ends up with cocaine, prescription medication or even crystal meth and heroin.
10. Self Medicating-People from all different backgrounds use alcohol to unwind at the end of the day or prescription drugs to help them cope with stress of everyday life. Patterns like this can quickly turn into addiction.