Addiction is a painful, irresistible addiction to drugs, drugs, pills. The word "drug addiction" comes from the ancient Greek "narke", which means "stupor", "immobility", "unconsciousness". The problem of drug addiction cannot be considered separately from such shadow sides of human life as prostitution, homosexuality, and crime. A new terrible test for mankind - AIDS - first declared itself in direct connection with drug addiction.
Drugs are given to severely ill patients to relieve their suffering from unbearable pain. But these drugs have an insidious property - the body quickly gets used to them and begins to demand new doses. In this case, a person experiences the same torment as with strong thirst, but even more terrible. The death rate of children and adolescents from drug poisoning is extremely high.
Why is this happening? Why do people become drug addicts? Most likely, because they do not know these dire consequences, people believe in the myths that drug dealers spread and fall into the trap as a result. What kind of deception is fraught with drugs?
I will never become an addict. Each of us can be 100% sure that we will never take drugs. But if something in life goes awry and at that moment accidentally get into the company of drug addicts, all doubts will immediately disappear, and you will not refuse to inject or take a drag on a cigarette with marijuana. Hence the following myth follows.
I will only try the drug once, and I won't even look at them again. But this is unlikely. First, you need to know that even one, the first dose can be fatal. There may be such an option: you inject, you feel better after some troubles in life, and then everything in your life is getting better. But if a nervous breakdown occurs, perhaps even on the basis of love, and even if this happens a few years after the first drug intake, at this moment you will definitely want to drown out the pain with drugs, and you will not be limited here at once.
An addict can live for a very long time. It is not true. It is very rare to find a chronic drug addict over the age of 30. Most drug addicts start using drugs no later than 20 years old, after 1-2 years they already become "chronicles", ie take drugs on a daily basis, so they have very little chance of living to 30 years of age. The situation is complicated by the fact that many drug addicts are HIV-infected or have hepatitis.
If I'm offered drugs, I have the willpower to refuse. The point is that drug dealers are constantly looking for new clients. Therefore, newcomers are offered drugs almost free of charge, persuaded: "Try, it's nice, it's interesting," they provoke: "Drugs are for the brave! You're not a coward? Then try." Drug sellers can deliberately send their man to a group of teenagers. These people disguised as ordinary teenagers are capable of anything to persuade them to try the drug at least once.
I won't be able to buy a drug even if I want to, I don't have that kind of money. As mentioned above, the first time the drug is usually offered free of charge, if you turn to them yourself, then the next time you will be charged a small fee or, to be sure, they will be given one more time for this. And then you will not think about the fact that you have no money for drugs, because first you will sell all the most valuable that is in the house, then you will take out of the house what is left in it, and then, most likely, go to steal. How this will turn out for you, you can guess for yourself.
The drug helps to cope with problems. On the contrary, you will only get more problems. Yes, you can forget about what bothers you, but only for a while. After taking the drug, you are in a state of euphoria, your mood improves, but when it "lets go" you find yourself in a not so pleasant reality, and you feel even worse than before.
I will only take drugs when I feel very bad. But it just won't work. The fact is that at first, taking the drug accompanies the state of "nirvana", you feel that you are in heaven. After addiction to drugs, a large dose is needed to obtain this effect. But over time, a moment comes when the drug is no longer accompanied by anything. But you will already be addicted and you will need the drug in order to eliminate the state of aggression, melancholy, and apathy.
Drugs do not affect a person's social status. In fact, they do, and even very much. Constant mood swings and decreased performance will be immediately noticed by employees and superiors. The likelihood that you will have to give up your job is very high. But even if you are not fired, after a while you yourself will not want to work anymore. In addition, under the influence of constant exposure to narcotic drugs, a person becomes withdrawn, rude, family ties are completely lost, communication with a spouse and children is reduced to a minimum, almost all cultural and moral values are devalued.
Drugs are used only by "down" people. This is not true. Nobody is immune from drugs. There are many representatives of serious professions who have become drug addicts. Often movie and music stars are addicted to drugs. Those who have achieved a lot in life and, therefore, have lost its meaning, can also become addicted to drugs.
Not all drugs are dangerous. It's a very old and familiar song. It's just that there are strong drugs, and there are weak ones, like alcoholic beverages. But any drug is dangerous to one degree or another. Moreover, many people who use weak drugs, such as hashish, subsequently switch to taking strong drugs.
Drugs do not affect the internal organs of a person. Drugs affect the vital activity of almost all human systems, and they chose our brain as their main target, which is responsible for the state of the central nervous system, and, consequently, for life expectancy.
Addiction is a pleasant pastime with friends. This is the most common misconception. Addiction is a painful and intractable disease.
This is not a disease, there is nothing to be treated for. A similar statement can often be heard from novice drug addicts. In fact, modern medicine claims that this is precisely the disease in which there is a physiological dependence on a narcotic substance. It occurs at the biochemical level, the work of the internal organs goes wrong, physical and mental exhaustion sets in. Contrary to popular belief, this can happen to a person with a strong will. Personal qualities do not save if you have already "sat down on the needle."
I can give up my habit at any time. The fact is that if the drug does not enter the body of the addict, then homeostasis is disturbed (the constancy of the internal environment of the body necessary for the work of all organs). This is accompanied by the so-called "brittleness" (extremely painful physical sensations, respiratory disorders, cardiac activity and cerebral circulation). It is very difficult to withstand it. Therefore, it is necessary to independently give up drugs before addiction appears. If it has already appeared, you need to seek the help of specialists. But it is almost impossible to "catch" the moment of addiction.
I will reduce the doses on my own, or from tomorrow I will change the drug (so as not to get used to it) for a weak one. If there is addiction, then the chances of being able to overcome it on their own are very small. Moreover, by this method. Practice shows that the intention to reduce doses or switch to a weaker drug remains only a promise.
You can take light drugs, it is safe ... Drugs that are called "light" are no less dangerous than "hard" ones. For example, people die from ecstasy (about this drug in more detail below), and from "mushrooms" they go crazy. There are complications from the "pot". Any objective sociological research confirms that people who use "soft" drugs are reliably more likely to get into various unpleasant situations (and accidents happen to them) than those who avoid drugs.
And a little more about the "fashionable" drug ecstasy, which is considered safe by today's youth. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (or ecstasy) induces a state of arousal and euphoria by acting on the serotonin neurons in the brain. American neuroscientists, using the method of positron emission tomography (brain research), have proven that ecstasy has a toxic effect and destroys serotonin neurons.
The study included 14 patients who used and were addicted to ecstasy, and volunteers who had never used the drug. The tomography used a label that specifically accumulates in serotonin neurons. It was found that in patients taking ecstasy, the label accumulated less intensely. The amount of accumulated label was inversely related to the amount of the drug taken.
These studies have shown that ecstasy use is unsafe not only because of the addiction syndrome it causes, but also because of the irreversible structural changes in the brain that lead to degradation.