19 Oct Alcohol Drug Abuse
For some, drug abuse starts as early as 14. Often, teenagers that later on abuse drugs have been known to smoke tobacco first. Many people see tobacco as being a gateway or entry way into other drugs like marijuana. Often, kids are seen smoking with their friends in junior high and high school. Later on, they may choose to smoke marijuana, crack cocaine and inhalants. Many people smoke cigarettes without ever continuing on to drugs. However, kids that are in rehab often got their start from smoking cigarettes.
Young adults that abuse drugs often do so because they are lacking faith or belief in a higher power. Studies have shown that people that have no belief in something higher than themselves often turn to alcohol or drugs for comfort. It is also a fact that treatment centers encourage their clients to find their faith or a faith while they are in treatment. The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous found sobriety with combining his faith with sobriety.
Sobriety takes time. Anyone that has ever had alcohol drug abuse will tell you that recovery takes commitment. Even after you are out of rehab, you still have to go to weekly meetings in order to keep yourself sober. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to staying sober.
Here are some interesting facts about drug abuse. According to drugfree.org, drug abuse kills 200,000 people each year. If we had to treat alcohol addiction on a global level, it would cost $250 bill dollars a year. That is a lot of people needing treatment. Sadly, there is 2.5 million alcohol deaths a year.
It is not uncommon to hear about a person committing suicide through alcohol. Often, people become alcoholics because they are trying to die. They know the harmful effects that alcohol can due to their body. They purposely drink themselves to death by damaging their organs that keep them alive such as their liver, heart and kidneys. You cannot live without these vital organs.
You may not be familiar with the health risks of binge drinking and alcoholism. Some of the health risks include: anemia, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis, dementia, depression, seizures, gout, high blood pressure, infectious disease, nerve damage and pancreatitis.