Substance Abuse: Drug Addiction

Youth has been subjected to abuse; Drug abuse is no different than the rest. Definition of drug precisely given in scientific terms by University of Maryland, Medical center is somewhat like this : “substance used is the continued use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs with negative consequences.” Statistics all over the globe shows increase in usage of drugs amongst teens, high school pupil, and young adults. Results and consequences of this abuse is primitive to narcissistic behavior amongst person addicted to drugs.

Teenage is considered to be very difficult period of a person’s life. It is a vulnerable time as teens attempt to navigate the precarious bridge between childhood and adulthood. On the one hand, adolescence is the age for new exploration. There is no argument, its perfectly natural to try new things out of curiosity, such as getting high or drunk for the first time. Others would regardless agree that the adolescent, having a lack of maturity aren’t prepared for the consequences that follow later. Peer pressure, curiosity, boredom, ignorance, rebellion etc. are few factors that make one’s addict.


Clare Stamford of University College London, who studies the biochemical process of addiction, says: “People continue to take drugs because they like what the drugs do and want to keep on taking more. Unfortunately, people keep taking drugs because if they don’t, they get plummeted into a withdrawal syndrome which can be uncomfortable and life threatening.”

Modern treatments for addiction don’t just involve telling people to stop. The addict’s brain always wants more. In many countries, heroin addicts are given the drug methadone as a replacement. In theory, users gradually reduce the dose until they’re no longer addicted to anything, but many remain on methadone, replacing one addictive drug with another.

However, It is sad that even after most effective and prolonged treatment many people goes back on drugs again. It is proclaimed that such people have an addictive personality.

There are successful stories and even if someone can’t give up completely, by being able to seek treatment they’re at least regaining some self-esteem and an alternative to spending the day trying to get the money for the next quick fix.


National Addiction Center (UK)

World Health Organization Substance Abuse Department

University of Maryland, Medical Center


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