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Drug abuse is a terrible illness, gradually getting more andmore present in our society and the human population in general. Addiction maybe established to either certain medications or substances referred to as “streetdrugs”, taken intravenously or nasally. Addiction is formed when a consumer ofthe drug finds him or herself unable to live and function without that certaindrug.

The process isgradual. Namely, first, only occasional drug consumption, mainly for fun andexcitement of the process itself is required from the drug user. In time thedose increases, since the previous ones lose effect. Finally, one is ready todo anything in order to be able to purchase and consume the drug since onefeels that he or she cannot function correctly without the drug and that theonly “regular” state, where everything seems to make sense and feel right isunder the influence of it. These cases present drug addiction in its fullest,being a very hard condition to remedy and reverse, often involving many peopleincluding doctors, family and friends of the drug abuser as well as extremeefforts and resolve of the addict in order to fight away the addiction.

Symptoms are mostly connected with the previously mentionedsituations. Uneasiness when “off” the drug or when the effect of it is fading,necessity of having and getting the drug in order to consume it, regardless ofthe fact that, in order to get it, one may have to lie, steal or even hurtsomebody, all creates these unnatural symptoms of a person being “hooked” ondrugs.

The most vulnerable class of drug abusers are children oradolescents. Parents or caretakers must be able to see any sudden changes oftheir children regarding school problems and mark declines, solitary preferenceof the child, isolation and secrecy as well as gradual absence of the child’sbelongings, and act promptly in order to prevent it.

There are many drugs out there that may cause one’saddiction, ranging from those more mild to those quite severe. Marijuana is theleast addictive, although the THC element in it is known to be heavilyaddictive. The list ranges through many psychoactive substances such as methamphetamine,cocaine and other stimulants, substances known as “club drugs” which involveecstasy and many other pill-like drugs, hallucinogens like LSD, narcotic painkillersbased on opium or some addiction rising chemicals. The list can practically goendless, as well as different symptoms and manifestations of different drugs,

In order to notice and help their loved ones, one is best toget informed about these addictive drugs and see the symptoms as they occur thusbeing able to act promptly and prevent addiction, overdose or even death of thepeople close to him or her.

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