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How Life is before Drugs and the Effects of It

Just like those sales men that calls and knocks at your door, drugsare a big problem that seems to never go away. As much as we may wantto slam the door on it once and for all, it incessantly comes back.From Hunt et al. (105) statistics, the National Human ServicesDepartment recorded a staggering 3.1 million people in the U.S alonein 2009 that abuses drugs daily. In January 2014, 5.1 million peopleabused drugs on at least three weeks. While these drugs may be anissue that personally affects you, or it may be something that justoccurs in the news, it is hard to deny that it is daily increasing.Life before indulging in drugs can be enjoyable depending on thatkind of a person one is. Life is enjoyable without risking it withdrugs. Before drugs, there are a lot ofalternatives to get one “high” that are safe and legal withoutindulging in drugs. One could perform on stage engage in skydiving,or by playing a sport. Whatever an activity one engages in apart fromdrugs, and whatever it makes one feel great, they should stick withit prior to drugs or contemplate on taking drugs.

The life of a person before engaging in drugs is characterized bypeer pressure. While walking along the corridors, through thehallways, or on the streets, it is easy to see dire consequences thatare abusing drugs have affected on peers. One could be forcedto indulge in it especially when you have a weak willpower. Many ofthe peers may also have been influenced bytheir friends or even parents. There are those that have theirrelatives serving jail term in prison. It is also easy to see student– friends and peers – who are familiar that are battling thefangs of drug addiction. According to Hunt et al.(176), a survey was conducted by Mental Health AdministrationServices and Substance Abuse that stated that 10.9% of teens that areaged between 12 and 17 years to have abused illegal drugs in themonth of September, 2014. There are also those teens that havebeen influenced but have not engaged indrugs is estimated at 74%.

The lives of people how are not abusing drugs are also surrounded byugly scenes especially if they are coming from their family membersor friends. For example in one of the cases last year, one of myfriends was assigned a project with another classmate. Initially, myfriend was very annoyed that his partner was going to be a person whois well known by everyone in our school as a “stoner.”However, with time, my friend learned to hewas a good personand not the picture he had of him initially. Whenschool ended, they went their separate ways. Recently he toldme that he had bumped into his old partner and that he had gotten ajob and had stopped drugs.

From this scenario, it is evident that thereis a huge difference before and afterdrugs. However, it is evident that most of thepeople could admit that they have seen the adverse effects of drugson them or on other people who abused it. Drugs affect us in one orthe other even when we use it or not. Life before drugs can also becharacterized by disillusionment, stress, and a sense of hopelessness(Mosher et al. 99). This happens when one is unable to control thefeeling he or she experiences around him. My of my childhoodfriends grew up in a family that was ruled by addiction. She involvedherself with stealing painkillers to meth. Alcoholism is huge in herfamily since her mother has also had her ownepisode of alcoholism. She became disillusioned to a point that shecalled her mother a closet drunk since she literallycould drink in the closet to avoid beingcaught by her children.

In addition, life before drugs also has its fair share ofdisappointments in relationships. One could choose to date a personwho abuses drugs as a way of helping them in a way to overcome it.Again, a partner may not be aware that his or her better half isabusing or addicted to drugs and by thisit could drove him or her to disillusionment and stress. It is evenworse when he or she is in cycle of gettingin or out of drugs. Some even get sentenceto years in prison leaving their partners vulnerable to cheating oreven getting involved with drugs themselves.

Life before indulging in drugs is also surroundedby chain smokers with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) thatapparently the only way to deal with the syndrome is to continuesmoking or abusing the drugs especially medical marijuana.From this, we can learn that there are adverse effects that come withabusing drugs (Little et al. 219)

To those who fancy drugs, the mention of it could send a thrilldown one’s spine however, without realizing it, they end upbattling the effects for the rest of their lives. Sometimes takingeverything without questioning and living ones’ life behind couldresult to popping one too many pills or inhaling more than one couldhold. There are a number of generations of culturedpop which impacts on the drug-filledatmosphere.

Every time the word “drug” is used ina manner that sounds in a derogatory manner, it isusually referred to as meth or heroine. However, the fact is,people abuse every kind of drug. Abusing drugs come with experiencesfor example Nyquil that acts as a goodstimulant (Orford 101). Once abused, it drags one’s body and mindto a state that negatively affects a person. However,there are people who adds up caffeine with the belief that it couldhad the another stimulant like vitamin B. the way it sounds, bringsback the euphoria that boarders the condition known as “sleepdeprivation psychosis”.

Different drugs due to their chemicals could affect the body in anumber of ways. As a matter of fact, there are drugsthat can change the body of person and thebrain in ways that can last longer even when the person has stoppedtaking them. Again, the effects experienced during and after use ofdrugs can be devastating. For instance, it can enter aperson’s body through inhalation, injection, and ingestion.The way one abuses the drug depends on how it is going to affect theperson. Through injection, the drug is taken directly into the bloodstream, which provides immediate effects, and by ingestion, theeffect is delayed.

Abusing drugs could result in moreinjuries. More deaths are experienced,disabilities and illnesses that stem fromany other health condition that is preventable. According to Sloboda(51), one in every four deaths currently is as a result of illicitdrug abuse. Of people that live with substance,dependence stands a higher risk of medical problems, domesticviolence, and even death.

Health wise, the impact of illicit drug use and dependence could befar-reaching, that is it can affect almost every single organ in thebody of a person. There could be evidences of before and aftereffects of drugs. For example, when one is under the use of drugs,his or her immune system is weakened, andhe or she becomes increasingly susceptible to infections. It couldalso cause cardiovascular infections that range from abnormal heartrates to heart attacks. Injecting drugs into the bloodstream could cause the collapse ofveins and blood vessels infection (Mosher69). The liver also risks damages as a result of working harder thanis normal. One could succumb to stroke, seizures, and widespreaddamage to the brain, which in turn couldimpact on all aspects of life by causing memory loss,decision-making, and permanent braindamage.

A person who engages in drugs following external influence couldagain stand possible brain effects.Although he or she may have used the drugvoluntarily, it has been studied that the same drugs alters thechemistry of the brain that in turn could interfere with the abilityof an individual to make decisions thus leading to compulsivecraving, seeking, and ultimately using it. Eventually, theperson becomes dependent on the drug.

All drugs when used uncontrollably cocaine, marijuana, nicotine andothers affect the brain circuit that is also part of the limbicsystem (Sloboda 124). Drugs are capable of hijacking this “reward”system thus causing unusual large amountsof dopamine into the flood system. There are also cases of behavioralproblems that come with abusing drugs. They include paranoia,hallucinations, aggressiveness, impaired judgment, addiction,impulsiveness, and loss of self control.All this behavioral problems come as a result of uncontrollableindulgence to drugs (Little et al. 32).

There are instances of birth defects that areexperienced daily. But until therecent past, it had not been realized that drug abuse is the maincause of frequent birth defects and child deaths. According to Orford(87), 4% of pregnant women in the U.S engage in illicit drugs such asEcstasy, marijuana, and any other heroine versions. These and otherdrugs have posed a lot of risks to thepregnant women and their unborn babies. These drugs are known tocause the unborn baby to be born too soonor too little, or even withdraw symptoms, behavioral and learningdefects, or birth defects (Little et al.113). Additionally, the drugs may occasionally have been preparedwith a lot of impurities thatin turn harm the pregnancy. Finally, women who engage in illicitdrugs may get involved in other unacceptable behaviors that put theirpregnancy at a risk for example developing STIs or having poornutrition.

Works Cited

Hunt, Geoffrey, Molly Moloney, and Kristin Evans. Youth, Drugs,and Nightlife. New York, NY: Routledge, 2010. Print.

Little, Bertis B, and Bertis B. Little.Drugs and Pregnancy. London: Hodder Arnold, 2006. Print.

Mosher, Clayton J, and Scott Akins. Drugs andDrug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration.Thousand Oaks, Calif: Sage, 2007. Internet resource.

Orford, Jim. Coping with Alcohol and DrugProblems: The Experiences of Family Members in Three ContrastingCultures. London: Routledge,2005. Print.

Sloboda, Zili. Epidemiology ofDrug Abuse. New York, NY: Springer, 2005. Internet resource.

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