Greetings from Kripa! In our last couple of posts, we’ve written about drug addiction and several of its aspects. Some users seek out drugs to relax (‘chill’) and unwind, while others turn to chemicals to expand their sensory perceptions or give them energy. For many addicts, drugs are a way to relieve physical or emotional pain. If left unattended, addiction to drugs poses great dangers. Let’s talk about them here.
Drugs & their addiction present 2 types of dangers – both of which can affect more people than just the user.
Physical dangers to the user include:
• Tolerance development;
• Developing psychological and physical dependence;
• Withdrawal symptoms when trying to cut back or quit like seizures, nausea;
• Other physical problems, like irregular heart rate, high blood pressure, lung damage, strokes etc
• Becoming pregnant while addicted and harming the fetus and newborn baby;
• Risking your relationships with friends and family;
• Postponing / neglecting work responsibilities.
• Getting into crime to feed addiction;
• Losing your life.
Even for professional counselors and doctors, it can be hard to identify the point where recreational drug use crosses over into addiction. But it isn’t hard to recognize the damage that drugs can cause to a person, a family or a community. The dangers of drug addiction are far-reaching, ranging from an individual to a national level.