According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014 20.2 million Americans age 12 and older (or 7.4% of this population) reported using illicit drugs or abusing prescription drugs in the past 30 days. Among these, 8 of the 21 groups making up that number used marijuana as their drug in recent use. The larger percentage of those who use marijuana are between 18 and 25 years old so there is currently a high-risk population for addiction that will continue to grow over time if nothing is done about how our society chooses to deal with marijuana legislation.
In 2015, an estimated 36 million people in the US aged 12 or older admitted to using drugs at least once in their lifetime. This makes drugs one of the most popular recreational activities, and as many people know, addiction is a very common problem among drug users.
While drugs are often derided for their addictive properties and ability to ruin lives, it may be more accurate to view them as simply a relaxation mechanism- some people use them because they’re stressed out with life, others do so purely for their mood altering effects.
It is difficult to judge the most common drugs in the world. There are many designations for “drugs” and lists of “most consumption” vary based on them. However, it is known that cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine have caused more deaths than marijuana and ecstasy combined. Marijuana causes less death from overdose than caffeine does but it does alter perception and mood which can cause these implications to be fatal.
Drugs are chemicals that affect the person using them. They can change how you think and feel, which may lead to some risky behaviors or disinterest in other activities such as home life, school, and work. The use of drugs does not require a specific social setting nor recreational purpose- this all depends on what type of drug is being consumed and the individual doing it.
Drugs are dangerous.
They can affect the brain and cause serious health problems. Treatment programs provide medical care and therapies to help stop drug use, teach how to live without drugs, and manage behavioral risks such as becoming HIV-positive, or “busting a habit.”
There are many programs that can help you get clean, but not just from drugs.
Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use all have addiction centers designed to help people quit. All of them offer different levels of care. Reading some online reviews, you can find the best rehab for your individual needs in just a few minutes.
It’s important for people who are addicted to drugs, including prescription medications, to know how they can find help without jeopardizing their security clearance or job status if they are active-duty military personnel in the U.S., working as a contractor at a federal agency, or taking other jobs that require U.S.-issued security clearance (such as airport credentials).
The more dangerous the drug (ease of dependence or withdrawal) the more level of care is usually needed for it and there are rehabilitation centers that specialize in very specific drugs or combinations thereof (medical detoxification like heroin/oxycodone/methadone treatment).
It’s important that those close to a person who has an addiction take responsibility for knowing how best to help while also having some understanding of what the addicted person might need at a given time. For example, even though it seems like a problem and might be frustrating, try not to get angry when something unexpected happens as this just ramps up an already difficult situation.
Treatment won’t be successful if you’re not motivated enough in order to complete it; don’t kid yourself–the addiction will take over. The most important thing is that even one day of sobriety is precious for someone who’s been using drugs. Getting clean takes time, but you’ll get there with the right help because you deserve better than being addicted all your life!