Knowing the dangers of drugs....

Why do people do them?

Drug addiction: It only takes one time

We realize that drug addition is a sickness, but its also a crime. Knowing the dangers of drugs and what they can do to you...why do people still do them?
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What is Substance Abuse?

sub·stance a·buse


  1. overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs

Direct Quote from Caron Treatment Centers

"Illegal drugs, or street drugs, are chemical compounds that are forbidden by law. They are often addictive, meaning that a person will want to keep taking the drug even if he or she knows the drug will harm them. Illegal drugs can severely damage one’s health and even cause death by overdose. "
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Causes of people trying drugs: Bold is focus answers

  • To help to not be bored
  • People think drugs will help relieve stress
  • Other people pressure them
  • People see family members, role models, friends or people on TV using drugs and think that they can too
  • Rebellion against family
  • To ease suffering from any illness
  • People get physically injured and unintentionally become addicted to prescribed drugs
  • To become "cool" or "mature" or to fit in with the crowd
  • Some drugs thin the body so people may use them to fit themselves
  • People run after the high they once experienced and do it alot more to feel good

Chasing After the High

Ask anyone who has tried drugs and they will tell you that it is one of the best feelings of their life. Its only a good feeling when your high. But when someone is taking the drug the don't notice what its doing to their brain and life. When you are taking a drug it gives you a rush of dopimine,which is what makes you happy, and then it flushes out and lowers the amount of dopimine so that you start to become a little depressed. The user thinks that if the take the drug again that they will be happy again because it rushes you with dopimine. Once again it flushes some dopimine out and you become even more depressed. This cycle happens over and over until you are so depressed. Sometimes depression leads to suicide or self harm. Study show that for those with a Substance Use Disorder, over 20% also have a diagnosed Depression Disorder. 45% of individuals with an untreated substance use disorder commit suicide.


Effects on the Brain

  • All drugs of abuse - nicotine, cocaine, marijuana, and others - effect the brain's "reward" circuit, which is part of the limbic system.
  • Drugs hijack this "reward" system, causing unusually large amounts of dopamine to flood the system.
  • This flood of dopamine is what causes the "high" or euphoria associated with drug abuse.
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Behavioral Effects

  • Paranoia
  • Aggressiveness
  • Hallucinations
  • Addiction
  • Impaired Judgment
  • Impulsiveness
  • Loss of Self-Control

Birth Defects: Directly from Gateway Foundation

Nearly 4 percent of pregnant women in the United States use illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and other amphetamines, and heroin. These and other illicit drugs may pose various risks for pregnant women and their babies. Some of these drugs can cause a baby to be born too small or too soon, or to have withdrawal symptoms, birth defects or learning and behavioral problems. Additionally, illicit drugs may be prepared with impurities that may be harmful to a pregnancy.

Finally, pregnant women who use illicit drugs may engage in other unhealthy behaviors that place their pregnancy at risk, such as having extremely poor nutrition or developing sexually transmitted infections.

Health Problems After Taking Drugs: Directly from Gateway Foundation

The impact of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching, affecting almost every organ in the human body. Drug use can:

  • Weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infections.
  • Cause cardiovascular conditions ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks. Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.
  • Cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
  • Cause the liver to have to work harder, possibly causing significant damage or liver failure.
  • Cause seizures, stroke and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and permanent brain damage.
  • Produce global body changes such as breast development in men, dramatic fluctuations in appetite and increases in body temperature, which may impact a variety of health conditions.

Answer to EQ

In conclusion, obviously there are several reasons and causes of people doing drugs but we have to narrow it down to a few. I think one of the main reasons of starting drug addiction is peer pressure. In our society today more and more teens are doing drugs and they pressure Other teens to do drugs. A statement they say is, "Come on...Don't you want to be cool?" Since we are talking about being cool that is also another reason why teens these days do drugs so that can fit in with the

''cool crowd" but in reality drugs are horrible and can leave not only physical effect on you but emotional and social effects as well.


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