Drug abuse In the United States of America, we, the people value several things, some of which are freedom, expanding and taking care of our families and our financial security. We, the people, take such things for granted. We also discourage some behavior, such as crime, laziness and use of illegal drugs. Drug abuse is one of the most discouraged behaviors in our country. Use of illegal drugs is harmful to the user and ~~~ those with whom the user comes in contact. I have a brother that is an alcoholic and user of crack cocaine. As a child he was a loner.
He had very few friends, but he mostly kept to himself. When we were growing up, yes my parents both drank, and we had to go through the weekends of parties, hanging out that our parents did. However, my brother was the only one who waited up to see if mom and dad would get home. Perhaps that’s when he started to drink. He was a functioning alcoholic since his youth and no one knew. The most popular drug in America, alcohol, is gener~~~y thought of as soci~~~y acceptable and relatively harmless. But it can have devastating effects.
Alcohol might seem very harmless but it can harm the user very easily. Alcohol was and continues to be easy to obtain and consume. It is taken as a beverage and, since it is legal, it can be purchased at the corner store. In New York where we grew up, drinking wine was the “fad” to most of the teens in our era the 60’s and 70’s. Most of the kids I saw drinking norm~~~y drank a lot in the mornings and weeknights. I never saw my brother drinking, but knew he acted different from the rest of us. My brother was very close to our mother, so when she died he absolutely lost it.
He became even more distant and the drinking increased to the point that we could no longer tolerated his behavior. I did not understand his problem, until I became an adult. He was more than a social drinker. Rationalizations and intellectualizations are often used, as a way of denying that use could in any way be problematic After ~~~ EVERYONE was drinking just like him. My mother’s death catapulted him to the level of where he was completely out of control. There are over 40 million illegal drug users in the world today and America is the biggest market for drugs1 .
There are more drug dealers in this country, than there are dentists. Illegal drug abuse must be stopped; it hurts our society, hurts us, and, most of ~~~, hurts the user. Drug users are parasites, feeding off society’s money, taxes and insurance. Every type of insurance goes up because of drug abuse, including auto, health and homeowners. Worst of ~~~, the crime rate will sky rocket if we let this behavior continue. Illegal drugs and their abusers are a plague to society for many different reasons. Drugs have very harmful effects on the user and the people with whom the user interacts.
The user is affected in many ways. Alcohol is a very addictive drug. There are more than 18 million alcoholics in America, my brother being one of them. Often, the alcohol will bring out a violent temper and often, alcoholics abuse, physic~~~y and ment~~~y, their friends and family. Drinking makes the drinker feel he is more confident. The drinker thinks he is in control, even if a little high, and he might get behind the wheel of his car and go for a drive. Drunk driving is deadly. Hundreds of thousands of people get killed every year due to drunk driving.
Other physical effects of drinking are vomiting, passing out and sometimes, if enough alcohol is consumed over a long enough period of time, or if mixed with other drugs, death will be the end result of their addiction. My sisters and I went through every rehabilitation episode with my brother. He would go and admit himself, stay for a period of time to dry-out, be in jail, go to AA meetings, attended graduation from the 10-steps programs, ~~~ that society says would help him overcome his addiction. Cocaine is another popular, illegal, street drug that he started using.
Smoking it as ” crack” (a cheaper and, as a result of being so affordable, more addictive way). Cocaine gives the user a sense of well-being and extra energy. Now he is addicted to one of the worst the most addictive dangerous illegal drug on the streets. It has affected his hygiene and personal appearance a great deal, because nothing is as important to him anymore as where his next hit will come from. His abuse leads to ~~~ sorts of other crimes to support his habits. He has robbed my sisters’ house, and manipulated ~~~ the people that care about him. Drug abuse is a plague to society.
Drug abuse drains society’s resources by requiring that taxes be spent on funding enforcement agencies, educational programs and treatment facilities and on prosecution of drug users and dealers. Drugs hurt future generations of citizens, because drug abuse, particularly of marijuana, is predominantly a problem among teens and teens are our future. Our society is hurt economic~~~y because every year millions of American dollars leave this country illeg~~~y, invested in places such as Turkey and Colombia, as a result of Americans trafficking in the drug trades of those countries. Drug abuse must be stopped.
We should attack the supply and demand. We should keep drugs from entering the country and incarcerate dealers and smugglers. To attack the demand, we should educate young people on the risk of bodily harm, mental harm and the damage to family and relationships. Drug abuse is a plague to society and must be stopped. It is hurting our country by causing increased crime and soaring insurance rates, stealing tax dollars, hurting families, and hurting children. When a person thinks of a drug abuser one usu~~~y pictures a person that looks like they had just jumped out of a garbage bin.
What most people do not realize is that most drug offenders are the people one spends a lot of time with. Everyday humans are abusing drugs without anyone recognizing their illness, like my sisters and I did. Many symptoms of drug abuse are easily recognizable. Weight loss or malnutrition are the most common, resulting when the drug abuser uses their money to pay for drugs rather than food. Exhaustion is associated with the end f a recent drug binge. Fever is caused when a stimulant or a h~~~ucinogen increases the drug users metabolic rate.
A skin flush usu~~~y accompanies the fever. Gooseflesh and sweating are associated with withdrawal and rashes, dilated pupils, and a runny nose are usu~~~y correlate with any drug use (Cohen 308-309). Along with these symptoms come the various different repercussions affiliating themselves with each different drug taken. These results range from headaches to death. With ~~~ the possible side effects one may wonder why people think drugs are worth ~~~ the trouble they are. Most people start out doing drugs to feel good or to fit in.
Early users had easy access to medicine that made them physic~~~y dependent on that drug and others used drugs as an only escape from a hopeless existence (Compton’s 275). Teenagers experiment with drugs to find out about the world they live in for themselves, to prove their self worth, and to experience as much as possible. They want to try something daring to prove their on fearlessness, to have fun, act older, or to be accepted (Phillips 22). In the 1950’smore people af ~~~ classes and occupations began to use mood changing drugs both leg~~~y and illeg~~~y (Compton’s 275).
These drugs were used to induce sleep and relaxation. Other drugs gave the user a feeling on exileration. Whether the drug was used to help the user sleep or the get the person high, they ~~~ effect the person’s nervous system and cause an emotional change (275). People experimented with different drugs to gain the good, well-centered feeling that is associted with getting high. The problem presented with this effect is that when the drug wears off the person is left with the same problems concerning their life as when they took the drug.
This causes many users to take more of the drug to further escape the harsh reality of thier life. This taking and wearing off of the drug creates in the person a psychological dependancy to the drug which causes that person to want to do anything in their ability to get the drug and make that drug a part of their life (275). The most common drugs experimented with at the young ages of eight to fifteen are tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. These drugs are commonly c~~~ed the gateway drugs and are considered the easiest to obtain. Most young people get started taking drugs with older friends who offered the drugs to them.
With their desperete attempt to fit in these adolescent teenagers will take the drug without giving any thought to the effects on the body. Drug abuse has a great impact on the growth rate of an young human being. Once it was thought that drug addiction existed only if the person needed to use daily, or if he went through withdrawal symptoms when he abruptly stopped using the substance. It was thought that these individuals were unemployed, poor, and from the inner city. These are misconceptions. Many do not use drugs or alcohol daily and do not experience physical withdrawal when they stop using.
The majority of addicted people are employed and appear to be functioning norm~~~y People who use any sort of mood-altering chemicals do so with the expectation that the chemical will help them have a pleasurable time. That can include the first cup of coffee or cigarette in the morning to the glass of wine during dinner. No one would fault individuals for seeking out this level of enjoyment People do not start using a mood-altering chemical with the thought that their use of the substance would ever become problematic or create a dependency for them. Unfortunately the world of feeling good involves a lot more than just good intentions.
As our neurochemistry becomes use to our substance of choice, the factor of tolerance kicks in. More of the substance is required to elicit the same effect. Increased tolerance and frequency begin to take up more and more time in the individual’s day. Initi~~~y one might miss seeing the connection between problems and the use of mood-altering drugs. The more that he/she shrugs off these early warning signs the more inevitable it is that more negative outcomes are occurring. Rationalizations and intellectualizations are often used, as a way of denying that use could in any way be problematic. After ~~~ EVERYONE is using just like them.