Drug use in America is still a large problem for local and federal law enforcement. However, if those thinking about putting that junk in their bodies saw the before and after effects of doing so, we’re pretty sure it would deter quite a few people from every starting down the path to addiction.
According to Rehab, more than 1.6 million people were arrested on drug-related charges back in 2010. An even more recent survey in 2012 found that of American drug users, there were 300,000 people who used meth heads, 1.1 million people who took hallucinogens, and 1.6 million people who used cocaine in the previous month.
Sadly, this reality becomes much clearer once you take a look at the big picture. In all, there are an estimated 4.5 million Americans addicted to illegal drugs. What’s even worse is the fact that those who use illegal drugs know the risk of death that comes along with their use.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be enough to discourage those looking for a fix. In order to help those who may not be able to help themselves, Rehab offered a few tips to help identify the severity of drug use.
The site explains that there are different levels of drug habits, ranging from simple use to dependence and addiction. In order to determine the severity of a case, they put out a few general guidelines to indicate if users are fully addicted. They include:
- The inability to stop using
- Needing more and more drugs to feel the same effects
- Spending less time on activities they used to find important
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop using
The trick is to get help as soon as possible – which, in the end, would make it much easier to reverse. With the help of family and a strong support system, many have overcome such a reality. It’s not easy, and no one ever said it would be, but look at the other option.
If the drugs don’t kill you, drug users age extremely quickly, lose unhealthy amounts of weight, and develop unsightly blemishes from dinging at your own skin. Quality of life significantly diminishes, and what would be worse than facing withdrawal symptoms alone in a cold, dark cell after being picked up by police? The best thing for any addict would be to do it on their own terms because they have a desire to quit.
Obviously, the best advice when it comes to drugs is never start. Drugs can take hold of a person quickly and one experiment can turn into death or addiction. There’s no arguing that life gets tough sometimes, but that doesn’t mean anyone is alone or that drugs are the answer. Drugs inevitably take a bad problem and make it worse.