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Teenage drug addiction
09 Oct 2021

“Addiction is a disease and needs to be treated like we treat other diseases. Addiction is the most common word to most of us. Moreover, today’s trend is normalizing the use of drugs too. Is drug addiction a serious issue? Yes indeed. Drug use is increasing daily among our youth.

Some of the most common substances which are considered as drugs include:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Nicotine

Besides, many other harmful drugs are popular among the youth. When you are addicted you will continue using it without considering its harmful and dangerous effects. The risk of addiction and the time in which you can get addicted depends on the drug.

In most cases, drug addiction usually begins at school or college. People who start using drugs for fun at first can use them daily when they get addicted. So it is very important to know about its social, personal, and mental effects.

As time passes, people who start using drugs will need it in large amounts. Slowly they become so addicted that they need it to feel good. And for them, it will be very difficult to lose the habit of using drugs.

Attempts to lose this habit can cause many physical as well as mental problems. These problems are commonly referred to as withdrawal symptoms. Such people need medical care as well as family support to stay away from drugs.

Teenagers who start using drugs become addicted at the time when they are adults. So it is very important to understand the negative impacts of drugs. In this article, we are going to discuss all that you need to know about drug addiction among youth and its impact.

What are the symptoms of a drug-addicted person?

If you, your friends,are or anyone in your family are using drugs then, you can check the level of addiction and seek help by considering the following symptoms such as:

  1. Feeling that you need to use drugs regularly or multiple times a day
  2. Need of more levels of drugs as time passes
  3. Spending more money on drugs even though you cannot afford it or you are financially tight
  4. Not satisfied with your responsibilities
  5. Cutting back yourself socially because of drug use
  6. Continuing the usage of drugs even though it causes problems among your relationships 
  7. Craving for drugs that makes you do vulnerable things such as stealing
  8. Doing risky activities under the influence of drugs
  9. Spending so much time to use drugs and get over from its hangover
  10. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms and other problems when you try to stop its usage

Symptoms due to usage of cannabis-containing drugs

Cannabis-containing drugs are becoming more popular among youth. Entirely different symptoms will be experienced by people using drugs such as Marijuana, hashish or any other cannabis-containing drugs. Some of them are:

  1. A sense of feeling ‘high’
  2. Change in visual, taste, and auditory perception
  3. Increased blood pressure
  4. High or abnormal heart rate
  5. The redness associated with eyes
  6. Difficulty remembering 
  7. Anxiety
  8. Paranoid thinking

Long term use of these drugs can also cause serious social, physical, and mental problems such as:

  1. The decline in mental sharpness
  2. Poor performance at work or school
  3. Decrease in the interest of things once you loved

What is the cause of drug addiction among youth?

As we all know there is no specific reason for drug addiction among youth. It can be sometimes due to the life backgrounds in which they are living. Many studies also show that genetics and heredity can also affect drug use among youth.

1. Life backgrounds

In our country, many people get addicted to drugs due to the environments in which they live. Many people use drugs even from a very young age due to their lifestyle, religious, social, and family beliefs.

Many religious and cultural beliefs promote the use of drugs among children. These childhood experiences can leave their trace in them and there are chances that they continue the use of drugs.

3. Genetics

Once you start using drugs, Your addiction and after-effects can be influenced by your family history or genetics. Sometimes your body’s reaction towards the drugs can delay or speed up according to your body’s genetic configuration.

4. Peer pressure

Sometimes peer pressure can be a major factor that affects drug addiction, especially among youth. Drug usage for exploring or for fun can make them addicted to using it again and again.

What are the complications of drug usage?

Almost all drugs are dangerous in the short term or long-term use. Some of the main harmful effects of drug use include:

  1. High risk of getting communicable diseases such as HIV
  2. Accidents 
  3. Suicide
  4. Mental issues
  5. Problems in social and economical fields
  6. Legal issues
  7. Financial problems
  8. Psychotic behaviour
  9. Serious health conditions such as comma
  10. Brain damage
  11. Impotency

There is an infinite number of problems both socially, mentally, and physically for those using drugs. Those who use drugs not only cause harm to themselves, but it can also cause harm to those close to them too.

How can we prevent drug usage?

The only way to stop drug usage is to completely avoid it from your life. If you find it very difficult to avoid drugs from your life, you should immediately consult a health expert as soon as possible.

Sometimes people who have been using drugs for a very long time can also possess mental issues. A well-experienced psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health initiative like U OK? can help those suffering from such problems. Always remember that “You are greater than your addiction”.   

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