The Real World Health Effects Of Drug Abuse

The health problems associated with drug abuse are many and varied, as well a potentially lethal. Due to the nature of drug abuse, this tends to be about addictive drugs or drugs which are voluntarily pursued for some perceived benefit. This typically means long term exposure, and results in symptoms which have a great deal of overlap. Drugs which are ingested by smoking tend to result in increased lung problems, mouth and throat cancers, etc. Drugs that effect the central nervous system tend to list similar strings of symptoms involving psychotic behaviors, stimulants give increased risks of heart attacks and so forth. Another common thread is pregnancy. Drugs can have very strong adverse reactions in the unborn children and cause associated problems, which can kill the baby and mother, or lead to lifetime health problems. Additionally, there are strong effects from mixing drugs.

The most severe drug abuse crisis is nicotine. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately one in six deaths in the US are either caused or influenced by nicotine abuse. This results in 440,000 premature deaths a year. Lung cancer used to be a rare condition that few physicians ever saw. Smoking introduces a variety of dangerous substances into the body and harms just about every organ. Most notably, smoking will damage the lungs, increase the odds of mouth, tongue, throat and lung cancers and can have strong effects on blood circulation and oxygen transfer. Tobacco is the leading avoidable cause of death in the US.

Alcoholism is another serious issue, with over 100,000 deaths per year in the US due to alcohol abuse. Alcohol is also dangerous for much of the body, with especially bad results for livers. Alcohol also kills due to the mind-altering effects, with relatively moderate use resulting in a decreased concern with risks while also reducing the body’s ability to react quickly and accurately. Severe alcohol use results in increasing inability to function physically. These mean that alcohol and cars are an especially dangerous mix. Alcohol and unborn children are also a dangerous mix. While moderate alcohol use can provide benefits, abuse can result in fetal alcohol syndrome, permanently scarring children and can range from increased aggressiveness to a lifetime of brain damage.

The Biggest Forms Of Drug Abuse – Alcohol And Nicotine

Both alcohol and nicotine are considered “drugs”, so if a person engages one or both of these practices, they’re therefore a drug abuser, right? By definition it would surely seem as if this is the case. And that means that I was a drug abuser for the better part of fifteen years. Not only was I a drug abuser, but most of the people I know are also drug abusers. This is an interesting point, because for the fifteen years that alcohol and cigarettes were a major part of my life, I didn’t think of myself as a drug abuser.

That’s how these two drugs work though. They are both accepted in our society. Alcohol is more accepted than cigarettes (nicotine) these days, but they’re both viewed as “not that bad”. This is interesting, because these two drugs probably account for more deaths than any other drug on this planet. But as long as huge companies make tons of money distributing these drugs, we’ll all just ignore that ugly little fact.

As I said before, during the fifteen years I partook in these I drugs, I didn’t think like this. Once I stopped, I realized that one of the side effects of using these drugs is the fact that they completely distort your thinking. It’s ironic that I never quite grasped this fact, when it seems so blatantly obvious. Of course they distort your thinking, that’s why we all engage in such activities right? To distort our thinking or at least our “reality” for a short time?

I think Lao Tzu said it best when he said,” He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” That’s a very poignant observation, because when I drank it seemed that enough was never enough. The same went for cigarettes. I always wanted another one. Enough was never enough. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what all of these companies want from us? To never really want there to be enough, so that we keep buying their products? Now that I’m no longer caught up in the vicious cycle, it sure seems like it.

The bottom line is that alcohol and nicotine are, without question, the drugs that are the most abused in our country. And until you break the cycle of using these drugs, you won’t fully understand this fact. You can keep on thinking that heroine, cocaine, crack, and meth are the “real” drugs when in fact, nicotine and alcohol are just as bad and more than likely take the lives of more people and destroy more lives. This ugly little fact is worth considering, at the very least, because at the end of the day, it the truth.

Seven Ways To Stop Drug And Alcohol Abuse

The problem, the stigma, the black mark that crushes everyone’s life – drugs, illegal drugs, over-the-counter drug use, how do we stop it? No one has the perfect answer on how to stop people from using drugs, but there is one way that you can give your children better chances than they might have when it comes to winning the war against drugs. How do I know this – from personal experience, from living life, from growing up in the generation of flower power and the era when drugs were prevalent and widespread throughout the large cities in America. What was one of the things that helped keep me away from drugs when drugs were all around me? If you knew the answer of how to stop your children from using drugs would you use the solution?

Nothing is guaranteed, of course. Everyone is an individual and of course, if one person wants to do drugs and if one person feels they need to do drugs, then that person will abuse drugs. However, there are little things, ordinary things that we can do to guide our children in the better directions in life, and these little things have been proven to work on most children. Here is how you can give your children a head start, a running start in the race against illegal drugs in your society.

  1. Enforce an atmosphere where time is valuable and that valuable time is filled with good events, good projects, and valuable hobbies. Any time that is spent doing good, doing productive projects, being busy being creative is that much less time that any person will spend doing drugs or being hooked on drugs. introduce your children to being creative, to having a hobby, to becoming very interested in bringing good into their lives and you will have given your children an anti-drug asset. If you look at other teens and adults, it is usually the teens and adults that are occupied with LIFE that have no time and have no interest for illegal drug use. So, first priority, get your child or teen interested in a hobby that rocks their world. Let them choose the hobby and that hobby will last them a lifetime.
  2. Teach your children the valuable lesson that God is forever with them, wherever they are, with no matter what they are doing. When children realize that God is with them, right there, at that very moment, then children -when approached by drug dealers — will just say no. Anyone who believes in God and believes that God is with them in every moment of their lives will be stronger when it comes to fighting against drug use. Faithful believers are generally much stronger, emotionally than people who believe in nothing. The reason for this is because it is common sense that two are stronger than one. So when a child has a strong faith in God, that child is never alone. That child has a Buddy that will help that child fight the urge to join the drug users. That works! That child has someone they can call on in times of temptation and weakness, and most times, that simple solution to lifes’ problems does work.
  3. Talk to your child about drugs. Give them the information that they need to have in their lives. But most importantly talk to them about drugs even when you think that they are too young to know about drugs. No child is too young to learn about illegal drug use. Your approach in the talk will be different depending on the age of the child. But every single child should be taught about illegal drug use. Besides this talk to them about alcohol abuse.
  4. KNOW that there are sometimes direct links between alcohol abuse and illegal drug use or abuse of prescription drugs. There are times when a child or teen will be very vulnerable to using illegal drugs when normally they would not dream of toughing the product. These times are the times when a child is weak or vulnerable – for example, if a child or teen has abused alcohol or is really drunk. That child will possibly accept drugs if that child is drunk when normally that child had the attitude of “just say no” to drugs. This is how educated children or teens get hooked on drugs when they have, all their life, been anti-drug. So, a clear, present, solid education on alcohol abuse is one of the weapons that you have in your arsenal against illegal drug use and against prescription drug use.
  5. Keep your prescription drugs out of the medicine cabinet and keep them inside a locked box away from children and teens. Every child has a bit of temptation inside of them. It is best to get the drugs out of plain view. The bathroom and the medicine cabinet are private places. Children and teens can look through there and experiment in there and you would never know it happened. Knowledge is your second weapon against drug use. So keep all and any prescriptions locked up and out of the bathroom. Throw out all old prescriptions. You do not need them if they have been sitting for years. They are not valuable to you and if you need them again, you should go to the doctors and get new prescriptions.
  6. Clear your home out. You can have alcohol in your home, just do not have a liquor store inside your home. Do not make your home a storage home for abundant alcohol or prescription, or illegal or legal drugs. This is so important in fighting the drug war. Why have a stock of these items when children and teens are in the house. Children and teens are natural curious people and they are experimenters. There are children and teens who never would have been hooked had the product not been in the home. So do your best. If you need a supply of anything in your home, make it a supply of good reading books, and good music and wonderful creative projects and and arts and crafts items.
  7. Do not use illegal drugs yourself. Just say no! When your child or teen sees you abusing drugs, illegal or legal, you are teaching your child how to live. You do not want to teach that lesson. If you think that you can take illegal drugs and not set a bad example, you are mistaken. I know of one family who used pot but forbid the children to use pot because it was illegal. Of course, that child grew and when that child reached a certain age, that child became a full time drug user. That child grew up to be a drug dealer, and wound up in jail and is now currently either in jail or in a half-way house. That child has a lifetime of illegal drug use. That same child who watched his parents smoke “recreational pot”. Sometimes your children will not have the strength or resistance that you might have. So do not think that you can take drugs into your home and not promote these drugs to your own children. Do not use illegal drugs and do not abuse alcohol or prescription drugs. Care about your children even if you do not care about yourself. Please save your child’s life by not doing anything illegal.

Doing any or all of these things in your home will give your child and your teen strength and possibilities of avoiding illegal drug use and avoiding prescription drug abuse and avoiding alcohol abuse. Try your best to follow the instructions listed above and you will be giving your child and teen a head start in this world. It is worth trying. Yes, there are no guarantees in life. I am not saying that if you do all this that your child or teen will never take drugs. However, I am saying that if you do all these things or most of these things, your child will have better reasons to live, better reasons to enjoy life and your child will have a 85 percent chance of fighting illegal drug use and alcohol abuse than any other person has in their life. Do it. Try it. What do you have to lose? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This is your child’s life that we are talking about. Wouldn’t you do anything to save your child’s life? Most people would. Now, in that perspective , all those actions seem like very easy things to do!

So, what makes me an expert on illegal drug abuse? Here is how I come across this gem of information that definitely saves lives. I grew up in a city that was filled with drugs. I could get drugs whenever and wherever I wanted to. Yet, I used the policy of “Just Say No” -long before this project came out to television. That was my motto. I just said no. It is easy to just say no BEFORE you are hooked, before you ever touch an illegal drug. And that is why you begin early. Catch your child’s interest before they have a chance to take drugs, and then you have the head start. So, back to the story, most of my friends began taking drugs. (I hung out with a group of friends and little by little, I noticed that they were trying marijuana. The minute I saw that they were using illegal drugs, I ran from my friends and I ran to my “hobby”. It was my hobby that saved me from trying drugs and it was my hobby that saved me from being like my friends. That’s all it took, one hobby. Instead of becoming introduced to drugs I become fully attentive to my hobby. I am telling you from first hand experience that a hobby gives your child or teen an eighty-five percent chance -better than the average person’s chance to stay away from illegal drug use, and other abuses.

Where does faith and belief come in? I am not talking about religion. Religion has never saved anyone from drugs. I am talking about a sincere faith and belief in God and or in the Bible. That is where the strength comes from. And this is your backup plan (which should be your first plan, but everyone is individual). At times when a person is so vulnerable that they are too tired, too weak or too busy or preoccupied to reach for or to think of their hobby, that is where faith comes in. Everyone can pray; everyone can reach out to God. All it takes is a thought. That is why faith is so wonderful. Faith requires no physical effort. So faith fills in where the hobby left off. Even if you are totally exhausted and can not move, you still have the energy left for prayer, a silent prayer or verbal prayer. You can pray.

By using all of the above tools you can possibly safeguard your child and teens from jumping into the world of illegal drugs and alcohol and prescription drug abuse.

So, what was the outcome of my own tools? I grew up with almost everyone around me using illegal drugs. My knowledge let me “leave” the group and run to my hobby. I never even touched a marijuana cigarette. I never took one illegal drug. That is enough proof for me that this system and these tools works. I have many friends who have died from drug use and have many other friends who wound up in rehabs and had miserable lives because they had no hobby to run to and no faith to take over when there was no physical strength to do their hobby. Almost everyone around me, in my circle of friends caved in to peer pressure and caved in to taking illegal drugs. I wonder how many might have stopped short of that if they just had faith or a hobby. None of my friends had a hobby so when marijuana came around, they made marijuana their hobby. Many of them had religion. They had to go to church on Sundays; they had to follow certain man-made religious rules. But none of them had faith in God or faith in themselves. Their faith was in marijuana. Their faith failed them when they needed real faith.

This system works if you dare use it. Yes, yes, yes, I hear you. It is not foolproof, but I guarantee you this. If you use this system, your child will have a better chance than anyone else’s child. How do I know? I have proof of it. I just said no! Help your child say no! Bring a system, a plan into your home and into your life. You will be glad that you did.

And deep down inside of every one of us is the challenge, the need to be noticed, to be visible. If there is someone who is invisible in your life today, take a step to bring them into your big picture. You can do it and you will be glad that you did.