Drugs are one of the most problematic issues faced by society today. Most of the people consume it for the first time and later on develop an addiction, which is capable enough in ending their lives. Drug abuse not only affects an individual’s productivity but also leads to many problems in the family and societal relationships.
Drug abuse, however, is a bit different from drug addiction. Drug abuse essentially involves the use of drugs to ease out uncomfortable situations or to tackle stress. Drug addiction, on the other hand, is the repeated intake of drugs into the body.
One can easily overcome drug abuse with repeated efforts but drug addiction is very difficult to tackle. Economies around the world are trying to devise methods that can help to counter such addiction, but they prove to be of a little help. This leads to major depression in the economic growth of a country.
The entire psyche behind drug abuse is a bit complicated to understand but its effect on the brain is evident to medical professionals and those who have successfully tackled drug addiction.
Drug abuse and its effect on Brain:
The brain is structured in a manner that makes it attracted to substances and wonderful feeling and tastes good.
Addicted drugs have a substance called dopamine in them, which stimulate your brain on how to consume them continuously. In fact, repeated consumption of the same drug with the same amount of dopamine becomes boring for the brain in the longer term. Due to this, drug abusers keep on increasing the number of drugs to derive the same level of satisfaction from them.
Drug abuse affects the entire brain operation and can lead to mental disorders as well. Some of the prominent effects, that drug abusers often face include:
· Ability to make judgments:
Repeated consumption of drugs affects the judgment ability of a drug user. This usually happens to individuals who consume drug who want to successfully overcome the situation.
· Decision-making ability:
Drug abuse can severely impact the decision-making ability of an individual. Most of the times, an individual finds it difficult to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong. The mind finds it very difficult to rationalize different opinions.
· Memory loss:
Too much of addiction towards drugs also affect the memory of an individual. The increasing dopamine level in the brain hampers the memory of the person, making it difficult for him to remember concepts or identify people. This symptom is very scarcely experienced amongst drug abusers; it becomes one of the prominent reasons to stay away completely with drug addiction.
· Hampers the learning ability:
This is a sure shot experience that most of the drug abusers go through. It usually involves the loss of ability to learn certain concepts, as fluently as a person used to learn it before. This also leads to a conclusion; many countries with a large number of drug abusers are not able to develop properly leading to an economic slump.
· Leads to a lot of aggression or emotional up down:
Too much of drug consumption affects the emotional stability of an individual. The abuser is always caught in a situation where an individual finds it difficult to hold back his/her emotions, constantly making it harder for other people to stay near him. Such a distance maintained by loved ones can further trigger aggression in an individual. This type of behaviour either lands the person in a Rehabilitation centre or a prison.
How to identify a drug abuser?
It might be difficult for a normal individual to identify a drug abuser. However, with a constant eye on his/her actions, one can definitely identify the signs associated with drug abuse. Some of the crucial signs include:
· Constant dependence on the drug:
Drug abusers will always find one or the other reason to justify their dependence on the Drug. However, people around him must not accept any of these justifications.
· He tends to sneak out a lot:
Dedicated drug abusers always look out for ways to avoid social gatherings or even normal hangout with their friends or family. Such behaviour might be associated with introverts, but a large number of drug abusers also resort to isolating themselves most of the time, in order to nurture their habit.
· They are least bothered about their appearance:
It might make a person think of the drug abuser as a much-grounded person, but in reality, it is a sign of excessive dependence on drugs. All a person thinks about all the time is their drug consumption and they hardly have any time left for their appearance or lifestyle.
· The person shows excessive signs of trauma when not provided with drugs:
Even if the family of the Drug abuser is determined enough to drag him out of the situation, it becomes very difficult when the drug abuser starts feeling sick because of the lack of drugs. However, families must not consider such behaviour as it is a very common sign found in drug abusers.
The drug abuser might hate you initially, but he/she will definitely thank you later for your support in the tough times.
Inputs by Mr. Satkam Divya, CEO, KlinicApp. KlinicApp is one of the fastest growing and trendsetting e-diagnostic company, bringing affordable lab tests with standardized services at the doorstep of patients/ consumers.