How Does Drug Abuse Start
"Use of favorite substances escalates as changes in the brain occur and a dependence develops."
Medications, both over the counter and prescription medicines, as well as caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and sugar are all substances that can be abused and become addictive, just like marijuana, heroin and other illegal drugs. People often start using painkillers, or alcohol or even over the counter medications to stop symptoms and feel better. Foods and other substances, alcohol especially, are used for recreation. Tolerance is also a factor in drug abuse, which means that over time more of the substance is required more to get the same “good” feeling or high. Drug abuse is commonly seen as the second stage after any substance use begins. The third stage is addiction, when people can’t stop and continue escalating use even in the face of catastrophic consequence
The Consequences of Drug (or Substance Abuse)
Drug abuse and addiction have negative consequences for individuals and for society. Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually. This includes approximately $193 billion for illihttp://reachoutrecovery.com/the-recovery-daily/medical/item/90430-what-is-addictioncit drugs, $193 billion for tobacco, and $235 billion for alcohol. As staggering as these numbers are, they do not fully describe the breadth of destructive public health and safety implications of drug abuse and addiction, such as family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, and child abuse. National Institute of Drug Abuse
Take the Teen Self Test
Are you a parent or teen concerned about use – abuse – of alcohol and other drugs in your life? By answering the following 20 questions, you may be able to determine if you or someone you know is at risk of alcohol and/or drug dependence and in need of immediate assistance. Click here to take the test. From the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.