Burglary and prostitution are in fact social vices and have negative effects on individual physical and mental well being and may in fact act to psychologically pull one into use of drugs to deal with the guilt (Currell, 2006). It is said that the environment has a considerable effect on ones perception, any one who doubts this fact should just analyze ‘crack heads’ who generally relate to other addicts and behave in ways that are fit of the title. Constantly relating to people who have no objective in life, are reckless and are led by addiction makes a ‘worthless person’.
Addicts can be used badly by people who know their weakness for example; an addict who is undergoing a withdrawal can do anything to gain access to a drug (US No Drugs, 2009). They can be overworked, used as sex objects and generally defaced as humans just to gain access to ‘powder or smoke’. Humanity is lost and able individuals can be reduced to begging just to meet their longing for drugs (Sadock, & Kaplan, 2008). Not all use such ‘diplomatic’ means to gain access, violence is a tool that most alcohol users are known to use to try and get their way.
Violence is used not just as a tool to gain access but is a characteristic of all drunken people who due to their irresponsibility often find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Health complications that result from continued or overuse of drugs are many. A key characteristic of the deathly effects is the costs associated with their management. Lung cancers are primarily caused by smoking, liver cirrhosis shows high correlation to alcohol use and brain damage and marijuana are highly related.
Short term effects include periods of slowness and a general state of being tired, dehydration and lack of concentration (Monti, Colby, & O’Leary, 2004). The short term effects can be handled by abstinence which is complicated by addiction. On the other hand, the long term health effects are costly and life threatening. They affect all faculties of an individual including performance, family, overall performance, friends, personal ability and are generally the ultimate price to the sin of drug use.
The log term effects of drug abuse are bad enough and in most cases they cause complications whose management is complex and often lead to death. As if this is not bad enough, the use of drugs continuous put persons in positions where they are at greater risk of conditions or diseases that are equally life threatening. Hepatitis and AIDS are leading killers in the modern age and their effect on individual is just as great as the effects they have on the society (Monti, Colby, & O’Leary, 2004).
Considering all negative effects associated with drug abuse any normal person should not even contemplate trying out drugs. Drug addicts should be treated as people who need help for they are victim of a vicious cycle of substance dependence that require the support of other members of the society to be able to pull through. Conclusion Irrespective of the approach chosen in describing or defining addiction, it has considerable effects on the individual. Generally all negative effects associated with the use of drugs in the society arise from the effects they have on the individual.
The individual may be guilty of trying out drugs but the addictive effects of the drug make them slaves who are in needs of help. Strategies aimed at dealing with drug abuse must therefore develop mechanisms that will reduce the risk of first contact and device mechanisms that address the problems at individual level (Monti, Colby, & O’Leary, 2004). The individual is at the center of the problem and strategies irrespective of their scope and approach must put into consideration the role played by individuals in drug abuse.
It is such an understanding of the suffering that an individual goes through that will lead to the development of strategies that are robust enough to address the magnitude and effects of the drug problem.
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