Drub Abuse

In many cases drugs are first used in a social or casual way. A person might try a drug at a party or social event. Maybe they try the drug amongst a group of friends in order to fit in or maybe just to be accepted. Either way there is no addiction or problem present at this time. When a person first enters into the world of drugs they are not fully aware of the effects and consequences that will follow. The seriousness and dangerousness of drugs is temporarily overlooked, but the fact that they can do irreversible damage should not be. Drugs ultimately can destroy all aspects of a person life in a relatively short amount of time.
People do not become addicted drugs over night; actually Drug addiction is a complex illness. The path to drug addiction begins with the act of taking drugs. Over time, a person’s ability to choose not to take drugs is compromised. This in large part is a result of the effects of prolonged drug use on brain functioning, and thus on behavior. Addiction, therefore, is characterized by compulsive, drug craving, seeking, and use that persists even in the face of consequences that could put them in danger.
Many people think that they can temporarily use drugs and quit when they want or need, however the process is much more complicated and scientific. “Some drugs work in the brain because they have a similar size and shape as natural neurotransmitters. In the brain in the right amount or dose, these drugs lock into receptors and start an unnatural chain reaction of electrical charges, causing neurons to release large amounts of their own neurotransmitter.
Some drugs lock onto the neuron and act like a pump, so the neuron releases more neurotransmitter. Other drugs block reabsorption or reuptake and cause unnatural floods of neurotransmitter” (Stanley). All drugs of abuse, such as nicotine, cocaine, and marijuana, primarily affect the brain’s limbic system. Scientists call this the “reward” system. Normally, the limbic system responds to pleasurable experiences by releasing the neurotransmitter dopamine, which creates feelings of pleasure.
Besides hurting their bodies and their brains many drug abusers damage their children as well. Their brains are clouded and they probably would not want all of this damage to be done to their kids. Alcoholism and drug addiction are taking a toll on the American family. As a result, 8.3 million children in the United States, about 11 percent, live with at least one parent who is in need of treatment for alcohol or drug dependency. One in four children under the age of 18 is living in a home where alcoholism or alcohol abuse is a fact of daily life. Countless others are exposed to illegal drug use in their families .The toll addiction takes on these children can be substantial. Children of addiction are at significantly greater risk for mental illness or emotional problems, such as depression or anxiety; physical health problems; and learning problems, including difficulty with cognitive and verbal skills, conceptual reasoning and abstract thinking. The most important fact is that, children whose parent’s abuse alcohol or drugs are almost three times more likely to be verbally, physically or sexually abused; and four times more likely than other children to be neglected. Strong scientific evidence also suggests that addiction tends to run in families. Children of alcoholics are four times more likely than others to develop alcoholism or other drug problems.
Drugs are like a cancer that must be cut out in the early stages. If the problem grows to much it will ultimately consume a human being’s entire life. The question now becomes what people can do to prevent drug use. Keep in mind drugs have been around for almost as many years as people themselves. The answer to this question is not present at this time, but there are various things we can do to try and slow down this problem. Here are some ways parents are encouraged to help their children stay clear of drug abuse. Experts say when children ask their parents if they have ever used drugs this is actually a good opportunity for parents to speak frankly about what attracted them to drugs, why drugs are dangerous, what they know now that they didn’t know then, and why they want their children to avoid making the same mistake. There’s no perfect way to get this message across, the only way to solve the problem is by a process of trial and error.
Another possible way to clue in children is by making them aware of real life situations. “To guide our children’s decisions about drugs, we can now draw on credible real-life examples of friends who had trouble as a result of their drug use. The neighbor who caused a fatal car crash while high; the family member who got addicted; the teen who used marijuana for years, lost interest in school, and never really learned how to deal with adult life and its stresses” ( www.drugfacts.com) . Making sure our youth knows that they are in control of their own future is very important. Examples of failed or dead Drug abusers will make kids see that it could happen to anyone even them.
Every child will occasionally pester their friends into skipping a class or lying about why they were out together so late. But if friends or acquaintances entice one another into trying tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, the consequences can be more serious. The best way to prepare children to succeed in these encounters is to role play, or practice similar scenarios in advance. With the right words at the tip of their tongue, children can assert their independence while making it clear that they’re rejecting their friends’ choices and not the friends themselves.
Parents are a good way to stop drug abuse and addiction, especially since they once faced similar situations, but our society and community also plays a big role on what our youth sees. Unfortunately, the fashions and fads that thrive in our culture are sometimes the ones with the most shock value. Children today are surrounded by both subtle and outright messages telling them what is “good” about alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Your children may see TV characters living in wealth and splendor off drug money, may stumble onto a Web site urging legalization of marijuana, may see their favorite movie stars smoking in their latest films, or may hear their favorite music artists expressing how they are into certain drugs. Because of the increasing role of media and television in the lives of people, the problem of drugs will be much harder to combat and control. A drug abuser cannot quit with all of the help in the world, if he or she does not truly want to quit inside their heart and mind.