Drug Abuse. Signs Symptoms. Addiction.
Drug abuse is a serious problem faced by many communities throughout history and today. What is a drug? A drug, when used in the context of drug abuse and dependency, is any substance that a person takes that effects this or her moods, perceptions, feelings, or personality. Many people abuse drugs as a method of coping with difficult circumstances in their lives. The drug may temporarily make a person feel better or forget the terrible things that are happening in his or her life, but a person can easily become physically or psychologically dependent on drugs. Addiction is a serious illness which is extremely difficult to fight, and problems with dependence and addiction plague many communities.
There are many community-wide problems which accompany drug addiction. First of all, drug addiction can tear families apart. When a child is raised in a home with a parent struggling with addiction, that child may experience stress and situations which a child would not normally be subjected to. In an area with a rampant drug addiction problem, there may be lots of troubled youth which need extra help from the community. Similarly, all members or a family are effected by one member’s dependency, and extra support from neighbors or volunteer organizations within a community can help not only the person struggling to overcome a drug addition, but also his or her family. Similarly, rehab programs can help someone to beat an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Another problem associated with drug addiction is crime. Often, a person who is dependent on drugs or alcohol will be unable to hold down regular work. This, when coupled with the high costs of many drugs, leads many into a life of crime. In addition, because drugs are illegal, they must be brought into the community through illegal means. This often translates to mafia or gang activity, especially in areas with high levels of addiction and poverty. It is necessary to look for the signs and symptoms of addiction in loved ones so that they can be provided with the help they need for the good of the community.
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