It is a known fact that alcohol and drug addiction have negative impacts on the family’s normal relationship. It can be extremely upsetting knowing that a loved one is caught in a web of addiction. The user tends to be full of conflict and feelings of being torn between wanting to quit and not wanting to leave the exciting sensations from abusing substances. The family experiences an overwhelming sense of guilt for their failure to determine the patterns of addiction. They take up the responsibility and try to fix the situation by covering up the mess instead of seeking expert help.
Watch out for the Patterns of Addiction
- Hard drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are considered as one of the most dangerous drugs since they can alter the behaviour of a user with high risks of death, if not provided with the right kind of support and medical intervention through rehabilitation. An individual who is into “hard drugs” tend to isolate himself from society, friends and family.
- Illegal drugs are often mixed with other substances and very often, the user himself is no longer sure about what he is taking. Not only is there a risk of overdose, but adverse reactions like difficulty of breathing, seizure and psychosis in some cases, could manifest as a result of addiction. Hallucinogens make a person disoriented and see things that are non-existent, which makes them very dangerous on the roads or to other people.
- Drug and alcohol use at a very young age is very likely to result in addiction during adulthood. Children and teenagers are very vulnerable and the earlier they start experimenting with alcohol and drugs, the greater are the chances of addiction and the consequences may be particularly severe. Substance abuse among teens is linked to stealing, risky sexual behaviour and poor performance in school.
- Not all teenagers who use drugs desire for a company. They can smoke marijuana or drink alcohol alone. Based on a 2006 Rand Study, solitary alcohol, cigarette and marijuana users are more likely to have substance abuse problems than their peers who consume substances in a social setting. While substance abuse is already a problem, the more it becomes so for solitary users.
- Based on a CASA survey, there are three circumstances that may impact the teenager’s risk factor for engaging in substance abuse: teenage stress, frequency of boredom and the amount of weekly spending money. Teenagers who suffer from stress and frequent boredom have significantly higher risks of using drugs than their counterparts facing less stress and boring moments. With more money to spend on drugs, teenagers tend to face more risks than those who cannot afford drugs in spite of their widespread availability.