Drugs and Drug Addiction
A drug is any substance which alters the physiology or behaviour of an animal without being ingested. Many types of drugs are produced by nature or man, including those used to treat certain infectious diseases and to prevent or cure others. The effects of these drugs vary according to their structure. Most drugs have at least one structural similarity, although the exact structure is unknown in all cases.
Most drugs are classified into two main categories: natural and synthetic. Natural drugs can be even more dangerous than synthetic drugs because they interact with the body’s immune system instead of just mimicking its functions. Synthetic drugs on the other hand, are legal and accessible to all, although their long term effects are unknown. Natural drugs may even cause fatal side effects and even death if taken in high doses.
There are many reasons why an individual may start abusing drugs. Reasons such as peer pressure, childhood trauma or even an early start to drug use may cause drug addiction. Although the initial reasons behind drug use are often downplayed or ignored, once it becomes habitual, drug use becomes more than a passing phase. People who take drugs may start to experience cravings or withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using, but this only increases their desire for the drug. It is not uncommon for people to try and conceal the extent of their drug use by either sleeping under a blanket or intentionally hiding their drugs in a secret place. In more severe cases, drugs can be hidden under a dresser or in the glove compartment of a car.