Drug Addiction During the month of May, a group of Neenah High School students competed in the Greenbay half marathon. This is a group of kids in the Runner’s High class at Neenah High School to help prevent use of drugs, and help kids fighting addiction. According to dictionary. com, addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease.
It is when the addict uses the drug compulsively despite its’ negative or dangerous effects. Tolerance to drug (meaning the need for a higher dose to attain the same effect) is usually part of addiction. Drug abuse can lead to drug dependence. People who use drugs for pain relief may become dependent, although this is rare in those who don’t have history of addiction (Medicine Plus Encyclopedia). Since drug addiction is becoming severe in the United States, we need to know the causes to try stopping it, though the exact cause is not yet known.
It has been found that adperson’s genes, actions of the drug, peer pressure, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and environmental stress all can be factors. Another big factor is parents. Kids who grow up with parents who use drugs are at a much higher risk of drug addiction than kids without drug addicted parents. Before anyone thinks of using drugs to feel “good,” they should know the harmful effects of the drugs. The user may think that when they are doing drugs that it only affects them, but in reality it affects everyone around them. Drug addiction changes the user’s brain, body, and mind (WebMD).
The effects can range from mild itching to comas, and even at the worse cases, death. There aren’t any specific psychological effects but there are many different ones that are associated with drug addictions itself. Along with the effects on the user, there are also effects on the families and community around that person. Because of the hard addictions to drugs, many families are being ripped apart due to jail time and even the long months of intense rehab. Addiction can also be a major financial loss. People addicted to drugs will do whatever it takes to get money for drugs, even if it means stealing money from family and friends.
It is a known fact that 20% of all people in the United States misuse prescription drugs, and/or sell them for the money (National Library of Medicine). Drug abusers should be helped with more effective punishment, a better education about the drug, and healthy alternatives to get that “natural high. ” The issue of drug addiction is becoming a wide spread problem in the United States. We need to find a way to prevent this number from growing even more, and possibly even lowering those numbers. There are three ways that I believe really could help.
The first is having harsher punishment on those in rehab and/or serving jail time for the drug addiction. Also, if the kids are taught about the drugs, they are less likely to do them. There are also healthier alternatives than doing drugs to get that high feeling. It’s just that it’s natural high, and isn’t harmful in any way. These are great ways to try stopping this issue, yet there are some complications. One of the major things is that this process may take a really long time to accomplish. Not only having to take a long time for the process of therapy but this may start to cost a lot of money.
But in the end, this would pay off compared to the cost of the drugs being used, and you are also back to a normal life. Another complication may be that it’s not 100% guaranteed to be fixed after the first time. This problem is easily avoidable. If it doesn’t work the first time and you still want to get better, you will keep trying until the problem is fixed. It may take many long months, but in the end, your life will be much better than it was on drugs. Sometimes, the only way someone is truly going to learn is from punishment. But what if the punishment isn’t strict enough?
What is that going to teach and do for them? We need stricter punishment for these addicts so they won’t want to do those drugs ever again. This may sound harsh for some, but think about others. If you were a part of an addict’s family, would you want your family member to get better? Yes this may be a harsh way to do it, but if nothing else is working anymore, it leaves you with no choice but to go with punishment. If the addict doesn’t listen to their therapist and goes behind their back and does drugs, they are just hurting themselves, and aren’t going to ever get better.
By being stricter, and having better supervision on them, there is a higher chance of them getting better, and living a good life like everyone deserves. Great way to stop/prevent this problem is to educate them stating a younger age. I feel as if the more knowledge the kids have about the harmful effects, the less they will want to do them. There are many programs out there to inform kids about drugs. There is S. T. O. P. and also D. A. R. E. For the most part, these programs start at the later years in elementary school. These programs should probably start more around the third grade level.
It may be hard to believe that kids that age come in contact with drugs, but it happens. The more knowledge the kids have at that age the less they are willing to experiment to try and figure out what the drug actually does (“About_Dare”). What is a better way to get that “natural high” than exercise? Here at Neenah High School, we have a class called Runner’s high. This class is meant to help young people cease and control harmful behaviors and turn their energy into something positive (Bennie). It is suggested from research that exercise can reverse damage to the brain caused by drugs, particularly among teenagers.
More schools around the country should have classes like this. This is an opportunity to get young teenagers’ lives back to the right path. Although there is not a 100%success rate in this class. Though some teens did not complete this course successfully, the majority did end up passing the class and turning their life around. This class is meant to help you turn your thoughts into positives energy, and it is easier when you have friends by your side. There is not abettor feeling in the world than getting encouragement from your peers around you.
This only pushes the teens to want to do great things and succeed. Drug addiction is an enormous growing problem, and drug abusers should be helped with more effective punishment, a better education about the drug, and healthy alternatives to get that “natural high. ” Many kids have stressful lives, but we need to learn how to cope with them and handle those stressful times. Drug addiction can be scary to those in danger. If you’re related to someone, or know of someone who is an addict, don’t give up hope. There is always a way to fix things.
Keeping a positive attitude and wanting to get better is the key to this issue. As a whole, the United States has the full potential to fix this problem. Works Cited “About_dare. ” D. A. R. E. Web. 20 May 2010. . Behnke, Duke. “Runner’s High at Neenah High School Shows At-risk Students Another Path. ” Appleton Post Crescent. 15 May 2010. Web. 20 May 2010. “Drug Dependence: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. ” National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. Web. 20 May 2010. . “Prescription Drug Abuse: Addiction, Types, and Treatment. ” WebMD – Better Information. Better Health. Web. 20 May 2010. .