Addiction1Addiction is an overwhelming, powerful and destructive force, and is best described as a physical condition, which may lead to the uncontrollable urge to constantly take and abuse substances like drugs, alcohol or nicotine from cigarettes. It may take the form of a behavioural addiction to gamble, shoplift, be obsessed with some type of activity, and so on.
What starts out as a habit can, in some cases, develop into an addiction. This compulsion interferes with ordinary life because of the resultant lack of control. The addiction drives everything that the addict does. Every decision, every though process, every instinct, is overridden by the addiction.


Primarily, it is the brain that is affected, as drugs include chemicals that can tap into the communication system, disrupting neurons that normally send, receive and process information. Many complex areas of the brain govern life-sustaining functions. One of these, the Limbic brain, sometimes called the "reward circuit", delivers what we refer to as pleasurable experiences, encouraging further repetition; very similar to the effects activated by drug abuse.

Heroine, for example, has a chemical structure that mimics that of a natural neuron, so it is no wonder that this is such an addictive drug. Because some drugs are able to fool nerve receptors, abnormal messages reach the brain, resulting in the "high" that one feels. All drugs are basically poisons to the body. Small amounts will have a mild stimulating or sedating effect. Those with greater amounts can cause the body to shut down, leading to death.


Commonly used drugs like Amphetamines (also called "uppers" or "speed"), stimulate the nervous system. They increase mental alertness, offer endurance and concentration. In earlier times they were used to counter depression. As they are thought to treat obesity, appetite suppressers are classified in this group, causing a "hyped-up" state with increased metabolism, heart rate and blood pressure.


It is worth mentioning that the extremely dangerous, social drug Ecstasy, contains a combination of an amphetamine and a synthetic hallucinogen which can cause long term damage to the nervous system. The effect of taking it results in images in the mind becoming confused and distorted, with the user being thrown into scary, sad and traumatic experiences, which have nothing to do with the user's present life. It is this drug that leads to many a suicide, with devastating effects on family and friends.


Can one reverse the life-threatening effects of drug abuse?
In serious cases, users can be sent for rehabilitation; in milder ones, medical treatment, exclusion from the negative environment, and a good support system, may be sufficient to assist the addict in turning his/her life around.


It is always beneficial to make good use of pleasure inducing treatments like meditation, massage and care of the body, for that essential "good feeling" to return!


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