I can't imagine how many people have asked them self this very same question. Let's face it I seriously doubt anyone has ever set out having 'addiction' their goal when using drugs to get high. Unfortunately many young people have made the mistake of either listening to friends or assuming on their own 'they can control their drug use'.
They may be able to control their drug use in the beginning but they can't control the effects drugs have on them or their brain especially drugs like crystal meth, cocaine and heroin.
These are not bad kids, they're inquisitive, want to fit in with their friends, or maybe they're just going through an emotional period in their life and they're down and they experiment with drugs looking to feel better. People just don't realize how addictive drugs like crystal meth, cocaine and heroin are, only the drug dealers know the addictive potential these drugs have and they're counting on it.
This doesn't just happen to teens and young people either, there are plenty of adults that casually use drugs from time to time and the same thing eventually happens to them. What people don't realize is that the first time someone uses cocaine, heroin or crystal meth to get high the addictive chemicals are already at work changing normal healthy brain function. Each drug affects the brain differently but they all affect your mood, your behavior and your motor skills.
When it comes to drugs like methamphetamines, heroin or cocaine occasional drug use doesn't last long. Many users in the beginning think so though. Some people in the beginning use drugs just on the weekends hanging out with friends. They think this occasional drug use keeps them from becoming addicted but they soon find out differently when they try to stop or their weekend supply runs out.
During the early stages of drug use the user doesn't always see the changes taking place in their behavior especially with their moods. People close to them do but the drug user doesn't. Dopamine is the chemical in the brain responsible for pleasure, moods and healthy motor function. Dopamine is also responsible for the drug induced high a person experiences when using drugs like meth, heroin and cocaine.
If you're one of the more fortunate drug users, occasional drug use slows down and stops. The drug use has still affected you but in time depending on your over-all health, you will heal and hopefully not use drugs again. Many people have though and they weren't so fortunate the second time around.
Unfortunately that's not the way it is for most occasional drug users, in a short period of time tolerance to the drugs have taken over and occasional use becomes more frequent. Your brain and body becomes dependent on the drug in order to get through the day. Drug use not only becomes more frequent but the dose has to be increased because what you've been doing isn't as effective anymore. Not long ago you needed the drug to get through the day but now you need to use the drug to get through the next few hours. You're no longer using drugs to get high, you're using drugs in order to somewhat function.
When dopamine is forced during drug use it not only kills healthy brain cells but the brain slowly stops taking charge and producing it normally like it once did. It can't anymore your occasional drug use has changed the way the brain functions, killed off healthy brain cells and now relies on 'occasional drug use' to produce this chemical. In between drug use a chemical imbalance is going on in your brain which affects your health and well-being. You're now craving the drug, irritable, sometimes short-tempered, nervous, unable to function, down, depressed and anxious until you use again.
In the beginning of your drug use, surges of dopamine were released when you experienced euphoria and unrealistic pleasure. That's why most people continue using drugs, they want to experience those feelings again. Now that you're dependent on your drug use when the dopamine levels begin to decrease as the drugs wears down, extreme high levels of dopamine are now becoming abnormally low levels of dopamine and you're completely miserable.
Not only do these drugs cause symptoms of depression and anxiety when you're crashing, many also cause paranoia, stomach cramps, body aches and pains, nausea and vomiting, sometimes sweats and chills. These symptoms are so powerfully miserable many people have overdosed on whatever they can get a hold of to relieve their misery. You're miserably hooked and that's what the drug dealers have been waiting for the whole time. While you're hooked up to an IV in the ER and fighting for your life, drug dealers are somewhere counting their cash. Hello something is seriously wrong with this picture.
Some people consider themselves to be functional drug users because they're able to use drugs, hold down a job, and maintain a somewhat normal life style so they think. They may be functioning now but the drugs have taken hold and they're unable to live without them. For most people, this doesn't last long either. Tolerance takes place the same way it does with occasional use and the drugs affect a functional drug user the same way they do anyone else.
It doesn't matter who you are, what age you are, or what your lifestyle is. Using drugs like meth, cocaine or heroin goes from occasional use to full-blown addiction in a short period of time unless you stop. Choosing to use drugs was a poor choice and a mistake, you know that by now. Make the right choice and ask for help.
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