If taking drugs makes people feel good or better, what is the problem?
When they first use a drug, people may perceive what seem to be positive effects; they also may believe that they can control their use. However, drugs can quickly take over a person’s life.
Over time, if drug use continues, other pleasurable activities become less pleasurable, and taking the drug becomes necessary for the user just to feel “normal.”
They may then compulsively seek and take drugs even though it causes tremendous problems for themselves and their loved ones.
Drug use can result in:
- Imbalance in user judgment and increases the chance of him or her making bad choices, such as having unprotected sex. Thus, the user risks contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other infectious diseases.
- Drugs and alcohol are two common factors in parties. Mixing cocaine with alcohol is a dangerous cocktail and can greatly increase the chances of sudden death.
- When taking heroin, users risk taking an overdose, which can lead to coma and death through respiratory depression.
- Methamphetamine use sometimes triggers aggressive, violent and bizarre behavior among users.