To begin with, young children turning to drugs in order to satisfy their growing pain. After the terrible happening of Residential Schools, the neverending history of suffering can cause a child to reciprocate their feelings by abusing substances. In Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie, it’s stated briefly of the ways in which Bernice relies on alcohol on many lonely nights. “She knows that she shouldn’t have gone to the motel with him. There are a lot of shouldn’t haves.
Depression is an illness which can lead too many more problems such as mental illness, inability to cope with day to day aspects of human life, violence and aggression, alcohol and drug addiction as well as unemployment, and depending on the severity of the abuse sustained childhood trauma. A very close cousin of mine grew up in a home in which his father would physically and emotionally abuse his mother and himself. He was in and out of hospital due to the beatings given to his mother by his dad would sometimes land her in hospital. He struggled to cope in school and matters worsened when his father grew sick and eventually passed on because his mother blamed him for their loss. In the end he moved to an orphanage, but he never recovered from the trauma of his childhood.
Drug abuse also affects education in a bad way because learners are taught about how drugs affect their bodies, families and society around them. Even though learners receive this education about drugs they choose to turn a blind eye on this because they still go ahead and do drugs and once they become addicted to these drugs they end up dropping out of school. Education is negatively affected by drug abuse because the percentage of learners who abuse drugs increases as time goes by which means the percentage of school drop outs will also increase as time goes by meaning that education about drugs is pointless to the
According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, the United States government loses about $700 billion every year due to crimes caused by people under the influence of drugs, medical costs, and addicted workers. (NIDA, n.d.). Substance abuse
Negative relationships can be between family members, friends, society, and even domestic. When being removed from a domestic relationship, there tends to be retaliation. Adolescents then turn to drugs to cope with the negative emotions. Drugs in today’s society have escalated into opioids and heroin, which has caused high numbers of overdoses. This then becomes another issue in itself.
Depression is a psychiatric disorder that afflicts young people with chronic feelings of sadness or worthlessness—the defining characteristic of the disorder is that it robs a person of the capacity for pleasure. Unhappiness triggered by events is not uncommon in children, but it normally goes away when circumstances change. A child with depression doesn’t recover when events change; her dark mood and lack of interest in things she used to enjoy will persist. Depression can interfere with all aspects of a child’s life, resulting in absences from school, trouble socializing with peers, and, in severe cases, thoughts of suicide. Depression is diagnosed when negative feelings, lack of interest in previous activities, and physical symptoms like fatigue and insomnia persist for at least 2 weeks.
Poverty, unemployment, marital conflict, social isolation and family pathology can increase risk of abuse; so can shorter terms stressors such as emotional distress, economic or legal problems. Physical abuse in children is linked to aggressive and violent behaviors in adolescents and adults including violence towards non-family members, children, dating partners and spouses. Research has linked certain characteristics of the child, as well as features of the family environment, to child abuse and neglect. Main forms of child abuse include physical, emotional and sexual harassment, and neglect (Berrayed, 2001; Aberle et al., 2007). Unfit parents negatively affect the child’s emotional development, which leads to behavioral problems.
Illicit drugs alter the mood and mind without solving the problems that the teen has. Use of illegal drugs usually only cause problems worse than the original problem. Sometimes to be able to stay up at night to do work teens will take pills or do drugs that give long-lasting energy but dries them out when it stops working and then they're not able to function because the sleepiness has overwhelmed the teen. The most common drugs in teens is marijuana which causes panic attacks and the caffeine in the drugs raises blood pressure levels. Then that's when teens turn to unhealthy eating habits because they are depressed and when a teen depressed either they're going to eat too much or eat too little.
Children who are abused may not be able to express their feelings safely and as a result, may develop difficulties regulating their emotions. As adults, they may continue to struggle with their feelings, which can lead to depression or anxiety. The following are some of possible effects of child abuse and neglect on a child’s mental health: • Anxiety • Depression • Aggression • sex • Academic problems in school-aged children and adolescents • Self-destructiveness • Lack of trust • Drug and alcohol • Difficulty sleeping • Loss of interest The overall impact of abuse also depends on the child’s natural reactions to stress and ways of coping with stressful situations. Other factors can include age at which the trauma occurred, previous exposure to unrelated traumatic incidents and extent of therapy or timing of intervention. Physical
Drugs affect people in many ways by releasing chemicals into our body to affect the ways that we think. “Low self-esteem is considered the number one factor for causing a drug or alcohol addiction.” “A person may feel like they have no stability in their life, or self-created stability. Most of the time these people feel as if they have no control over their own life and things are not stable.” (The Cabin) When someone feels bad about any type of situation, they often resort to drugs and alcohol to help act as an “escape” from their situation. “Many of those who are dealing with low self-esteem will turn to substance abuse because it offers temporary solution to their problems. Using alcohol and drugs to escape their feelings of low self-esteem only leads to further misery and addiction” (Alcohol Rehab) The drugs and alcohol gives the affected person stability and control over their life.