Drug Addiction word is make by two words :
(I) Drug (II) Addiction.
What is means Drug
Any substance, other than food, used in the prevention,
diagnosis, all aviation or treatment of a disease is called a drug. A drug
may also be defined as a chemical which, when taken in some way after the
body function. Drug is also known as a medicine. Generally, the term drugs
applied to any stimulating or depressing substance that can be habituating
Meaning of Addiction
Addiction is the habitual, psychological and
physiological dependence on a substance or practice. Which is beyond
voluntary control. A person who is habituated to a substance or a practice,
especially a harmful one, is called an addict.
Drugs are prescribed by physicians for the prevention or
treatment of diseases, or for increasing the physical and mental
performance and are withdrawn as soon as the desired effect is achieved.
Repeated use of certain drugs on a periodic or continuous basis may make
the body dependence. Such drugs are called psychotropic rugs. They act on
the brain and alter behaviour, consciousness and capacity of perception.
Hence, they are also termed mood-altering drugs. Some people start taking
drugs without medical advise due to one reason or the other and become
Classification of Drugs
There are a large number of drugs on which people become
dependent. These are classifies into four major groups : sedatives and
tranquillizers, opiate narcotics, stimulatants and hallucinogens.
Type of Drug Examples
1. Sedatives and
Tranquillizers Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines Depress CNS activity
give feeling of
calmness, relaxation, drowsiness.
Combinations of Drugs and Alcohol :
Some addicts use mixtures of drugs to have immediate
‘kid’ or ‘charge’. Simultaneous use of drug and alcohol may produce
dangerous effects, including death. When barbiturates and alcohol are taken
together, each doubles the effect of the other. A mixture of cocaine and
heroin called speed ball, gives spontaneous kick of cocaine and prolonged
pleasure of heroin.
1. Alcohol +
Barbiturates Markedly increased depressant effect.
2. Alcohol +
Antihistamines Marked drowsiness
3. Alcohol +
Valium Dramatically increases sedative effect.
4. Alcohol +
Hashish Decreased coordination increased reaction time
5. Alcohol +
Aspirin Increased changes of damage to gastric mucosa.
How drug addiction Begins ?
There are many factors that lead people to drug
1. Curiosity : Frequent references to drugs by
public media create curiosity for having a personal experience of the
2. Friend’s pressure : Frequent appreciation of drug
experience by friends allures others to start the use of drugs.
3. Frustration and Depression : Some people start
taking drugs to get relief from frustration and depression.
4. Desire for More Work : Students sometimes take
drugs to keep awake the whole night to prepare for examination. It is not
desirable as it may cause mental breakdown.
5. Looking for a Different World : A wrong notion
that the drugs open up a new world tempts some young octers to start
6. Relief from Pain : A prolonged use of
pain-relieving drugs with physician’s advise at times leads to addiction.
7. Family History : Children may take to drugs by
seeing their elders in the family.
8. Excitement and Adventure : The young take to
drugs to satisfy their instinct for excitement and adventure.
Social Disease - Smoking, Drinking and Use of Drugs
Smoking and drinking and use of drugs frequently or
regularly are social diseases. They adversely affect the health of the
addicts and the society. Young people take to these habits for fun, show
off or curiosity, as an adventure or feeling of freedom, or as a gesture of
defiance against the elders who themselves indulge in these activities but
check the youngsters. Other factors that make people take to these vices
are inability to face problems of life indifference shown by members of the
family, and encouragement or pressure by friends. Temporary escape from the
life problems and mental relaxation felt on taking the drugs in the
beginning increase persons interest in them. Soon they become habitual and
find in difficult to leave. The daily dose to get the desired effect
increases with time.
As in other countries, the menace of drug addiction is
spreading in India also. A large number of our young men and women have
taken to intoxicants. About 87.6 per cent drug addicts are between the ages
of 14 and 25 years.
It is a native of South Africa, where the Red Indian
first started smoking. Now the tobacco plant has spread the world over. It
has large, quote to lanceloate leaves and terminal clusters of tubular,
white or pink flowers.
Modes of Use :
Tobacco is used for smoking, chewing and snuffing. Its
main stimulating component is poisonous volatile alkaid nicotine, which
causes addiction. Nicotine synthesis occurs in the roots of the plant but
it is stored in the leaves. The leaves contain 2 to 8% nicotine. Inhaling
tobacco smoke from cigars, cigarettes, biddies, pipes and hubble-bubble is
called smoking. Cigar is a roll of tobacco leaf. Cigarette is cut tobacco
wrapped in paper. Bidi is tobacco wrapped. In a piece of leaf. Tobacco
smoke is drawn directly from pipe and through water is hubble-bubble.
Smoking may give some temporary relief to the strained nerves but in the
long run it proves a dangerous health hazard. The quantity of nicotine
contained in one cigar may prove fatal if injected intravenously into a
person. When smoked only 10% of the smoke is inhaled. Hence, no immediate
ill effect is observed. Smokers may develop a physiological craving for
nicotine and then they cannot give up smoking.
Effect of Nicotine :
Nicotine is a low concentration.
(i) Stimulates conduction of nerve impulses.
(ii) Relaxes the muscles.
(iii) Releases adrenaline, increasing heart beat rate
(iv) Increased blood pressure due to smoking chances the
risk of heart diseases.
(v) Retards foetal growth in expecting mothers and
(vi) Causes tobacco addiction. High concentration of
nicotine paralyses nerve cells.
Other Harmful components of Tobacco Smoke :
Besides the poisonous nicotine, the tobacco smoke
contains carbon-monoxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and tar.
Other Effects :
(i) Smoking effects economy :
A smoker not only waste money, but also runs risk of
burns and fires.
(ii) Smoking mars personality :
Teeth may become stained. Lips may get discoloured and
breath becomes foul. A person with a cigarette hanging from the mouth look
(iii) Smoking is annoying to others :
Cigarette smoke is quite annoying to non-smokers. It may
prove even more harmful to them. A smoker should avoid smoking. When in the
company of non smokers. A smoker makes the person nearby persons passive
smokers through inhaling smoke released by him.
Ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, flammable, colourness liquid
having a penetrating odour and burning taste. It is one of the products of
the distillation of fermented grains, fruit juices and starches with the
help of yeast enzymes. It is the principal constituent and the in
toxicating principle of wines.
Modes of Use :
Alcohol is taken in low concentration, as the beer,
toddy and wine and in relatively high concentration as arrack, brandy,
whisky, rum, gin, vodka etc.
Addition to alcohol is called alcoholism. Alcoholics are
found in all society section of society. Alcohol causes intoxication and
thus, acts as a poison. They drinkers begin with small doses, but may of
them soon start consuming large doses and become addicts. By the time they
realize that drinking in adversely affecting them, it is too late to give
Why People Take to
The drinkers offer one or more of the following reasons
for starting drinking.
(i) Social pressure (ii) desire for excitement (iii)
feeling of independence (iv) Liking of taste (v) desire to escape from such
realities of life as disappointments and failures and (vi) desire to offset
the hardships and monotony of daily life.
What Happens when Alcohol :
Alcohol is quickly absorbed in the stomach and upper part
of small intestine and reaches all the tissues in minutes. Its oxidation
starts at once and a large amount of heat in produced. Since heat is not
needed in the body, it is taken up by the blood and carried to the skin for
dissipation. Since the receptors of heat are located in the skin, the rush of
blood to the skin gives a false impression of warmth in the body. The blood
supply of internal organs is greatly reduced resulting in fall of temperature
in them. Energy released by alcohol is not used in any life process. Rather
the energy derived from food is used up in ridding the body of excess heat.
Is Alcohol A Stimulant :
Many people take alcohol for stimulation. Actually alcohol is a
depressant, a substance which dulls the senses. It reduces the efficiency of
every tissue the body. Any feeling of lift a person may claim to feel is a
mistaken impression or an attempt to justify the act in his own mind.
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