Misusing a substance is the beginning of dabbling in substance abuse and addiction. Substance abuse is when a person uses a drug in ways or doses that result in consequences that include social, legal and relationship problems. Abusing a substance brings many adverse consequences in a person’s life. Abusing drugs will bring such things as relationship problems, social issues, work performance problems, and eventually legal ramifications will bring the substance abuser to a place of displacement and hopelessness. The problems that stem from substance abuse will destroy any plans a person may have for a successful life.
There are many people who have lost spouses, homes, jobs and their dignity because of substance abuse. Anyone who is experiencing any of these problems is likely abusing a substance and things will only get worse unless they seek professional help.
Dependence on drugs is when a person can not function normally without it. The danger of drug dependence is when a person is using the drug so much that they need it in order to function normally. A characterization of withdrawal symptoms varies depending on the drug in which they are addicted. Tiredness, depression, nausea, vomiting and the inability to function are all part of withdraw symptoms.
Although people view substance abuse as an individual problem; society is suffering in many ways due to the drug abuse in the US. The impact on families is tremendously heartbreaking. Children are being taken away from parents because of drug addiction. The monetary costs of addiction affect everyone. Prevention programs, disease and mental health costs are increasingly going up. Families are being torn apart; businesses are experiencing increased numbers of accidents, and decreased productivity.
Drugs affect people in two different ways-physiological toxicity causes physical damage to a person’s body and brain. Behavioral toxicity causes people to behave in a dangerously careless manner. Alcohol can produce both physiological and behavioral toxicity. Abusing alcohol can cause liver and brain damage. Consuming too much alcohol can result in behaviors that are destructive to the abuser and those around them. Many crimes are committed by persons who are intoxicated are on illegal drugs. Our society must take this issue seriously. Physiological toxicity is costing the social system time, money and productivity because of people who are taken over by their substance abuse and addictions.
What are the answers to the drug addiction problem in America? Affordable or free treatment centers, educating the public, early interventions, prevention programs and the powerful prayers of God’s people is the answer.