Knowing the dangers of drugs....
Why do people do them?
Drug addiction: It only takes one time
What is Substance Abuse?
overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs
Direct Quote from Caron Treatment Centers
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
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.
- Impaired Judgment
- 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
''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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