The sad u-turn of an evil pleasure

According to the Florida Institute of Technology, the age for an individual’s first “drug-try” is 13 and for alcohol, the age is unfortunately even lower. The abuse of drugs has become a world wide problem, even with the constant discussion about drugs and alcohol in schools, health classes, etc., it continues to be a huge issue among both our youth and adults. However, there is a difference between drug abuse and drug dependence. Abusing drugs simply means that the individual has a perpetual need of the substance, and continuously increases the dosage of the drug for maximum benefits, while causing severe relying health problems in the process. On the other hand, drug dependence refers to a significant dependency on a particular drug (or alcohol) with consistent and frequent use.

Firstly, invoking different causes like social dysfunctions, family history, anxiety or depression, the final stage of an abuse is depending on each person, as our organism is unique. Some may be stronger while others may struggle. The fight against addiction comes when some side effects start
creating the illusion of a utopia. Euphoria and feelings of relaxation induce the impression that without drugs nothing seems to be interesting anymore. Same study published by Florida Institute of Technology shows that drug abuse is contributor for over 50% of suicide and violent crime cases. Moreover, 60% of hospital emergencies involve drugs or alcohol, same for 60% regarding car accidents. The numbers are not getting any better as 28% of college dropout cases imply alcohol use.

To continue, research from Harvard Health Publications shows that abusement is more likely for men than for women, however if we are to speak about stimulants, opioids and marijuana, women are on the top of the list overcoming men which are more for alcohol and nicotine. No matter the type of drug, it’s important to keep in mind that there is a thin line between dependence and abuse. Crossing that line may cause serious psychological and physical damage to organism including death. Doctors recommend talking to a specialist if signs like increased value or necessity for the drug
are slowly taking the brain.

All in all, from 2010 the problem with drug abuse has moved again on the right track as a study from Columbia shows that in most of the cases, over 50% of patients admitting the problem are positive for a treatment, persons over 40 years old or persons with university education and more likely to fully recover. Same study says that factors regarding recovery are also very important. So in cases where family shows a bigger support, where the patient is cooperating there’s much more hope than a disturbing social environment which will probably lead to consumption again.