Drug abuse is a major problem throughout the world. Drugs can influence the everyday lives of people, whether they be users, dealers, drug-related crime victims, or the friends and family of a person affected. Violent crime, prostitution, government corruption, and more can all have a link to narcotics. Much of the world, including the United States, try to stop these effects of illicit drugs by focusing on stricter laws and enforcement. Yet this this approach may be counterproductive.
The image that people have on the topic of “drug addiction” is one that is full of stereotypes. In William Burroughs’s “The Junky’s Christmas” it is evident to the viewers that a drug addict, or what Burroughs’s refers to as “junkies”, go to extremes in order to fulfill their needs to feel the ultimate ecstasy. Similarly, in the propaganda film “Reefer Madness”, viewers are informed on the side effects of taking drugs which are told to extremes. Both videos clearly express means that are based solely on stereotypes linked to being a drug addict. Even thought these videos seem to be on the same page regarding drug addiction, there are many differences.
Drug abuse is the habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs in order to feel a euphoria, treat pain, or help with sleeping disorders. Drug abuse is a chronic brain disease that causes drug use despite the harmful consequences to the user and the people around them. In Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, the dystopian society portrayed is oblivious to the impact of the censorship around them. Books are banned and if found, they are burned along with their houses. The people in this society do not have time to think about anything because they are constantly surrounded by the constant chaos of loud noises on commercials or televisions and are over stimulated.
The problems in both the essay “The Crack-Up” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the movie Splendor in the Grass by Elia Kazan are self-destructive and lead the characters to the point of suicide. Fitzgerald and Deanie Loomis have similar difficulties, in comparison to difficulties in our generation. Fitzgerald writes “Now a man can crack in many ways—can crack in the head—in which case the power of decision is taken from you by others! or in the body, when one can but submit to the white hospital world; or in the nerves.” Meaning that a person can break down physically or mentally.
Codependency and Enabling According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2015), codependency is defined as being a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person exhibiting low self-esteem and a strong wish for approval has an unhealthy connection to another person. Because of this unhealthy connection, that person places the needs of the other before their own. To enable is defined as making someone or something able to do something or to be something. Both of these terms can be used to describe situations that have nothing to do with substance abuse, however, for the purpose of this paper codependency and enabling will be looked at in regards to how they affect and/or contribute to a person’s substance use disorders.
Amidst the ever-occurring tragedies that now seem to be part of our daily routine lies an ongoing affliction that tends to go unnoticed. Although it has been increasing drastically in the last few decades, substance abuse continues to fly under the radar of the average American citizen. Yet, for many of us, it is an unavoidable sight. As citizens of Seattle, we need to find a way to reach out to those that need our help.
“There are many stigmas in society and one of those is associated with addiction. Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences. Despite the involvement of a number of psychosocial factors, a biological process – one which is induced by repeated exposure to an addictive stimulus – is the core pathology that drives the development and maintenance of an addiction.” ("Addiction", 2018) People are so ashamed at with their addiction that they go to great lengths to hide it.
Here is yet another generation left broken. Unfortunately, alcoholism is a cycle means the children of people with substance abuse issues will often become addicts themselves, thus, creating another broken generation. Substance abuse is a growing issue in America; therefore, there is a rise in the prevalence of the following symptoms: depression, anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Doctor Sarah William in her article “What Happens to Children of Alcoholic Parents?” explains that approximately 30 million adolescents are decedents of addicts. This becomes 30 million human beings with an increased risk for psychological issues, as well as, many other conditions.
Best drug rehab facilities in the US brings life back to normal. Whether alcohol or drug habit is an incurable disease or a personal choice has been problem for years. Whatever the philosophy what's important is locating a drug treatment facility that provides effective answers to end addiction. In the very best form of medication and alcohol treatment patients are seen as making decisions to make use of alcohol and drugs because of some kind of problem in their life.
Addiction can affect individuals in different ways and is very complicated. There is no test to show if an individual will become addicted. A small number of people are genetically predisposed to addictive behaviour. If they use drugs, they are more likely than others to become addicted.
Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Cocaine is an illegal drug in the United States. It is a chemical obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It is classified as a central nervous system stimulant that causes feelings of euphoria as well as increases body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. It can also be used as a local anesthetic. A cocaine user, when high, will feel a sense of intense euphoria increasing libido.