Drug Abuse and Dependence
Not all drug use is abuse; after all, some drugs are prescribed and used for medicinal purposes. Drug use turns into abuse once it disrupts a person's daily activities or functions and/or interferes with a person's interaction with society or family and friends.
Many drugs are addictive, whether psychologically or physically. As drug use continues, the body can develop a tolerance to it. Once that happens, the drug's effect on the body lessens, and the user will have to take more of the drug to get the same effect. This can continue into a vicious cycle of dependence. It can even reach a point where the user only feels normal when she is using. The hold on the user is so strong that if she were to try to cut back, the body would suffer a withdrawal, which is far from a pleasant experience. Withdrawal symptoms can include abdominal cramps, sweating, nausea, muscle spasms, insomnia, and depression.
Some people are more at risk of becoming addicted to drugs than others. There are several factors that contribute to your risk of becoming addicted, such as the drug you choose to use, your family history, your genetic makeup, your personality, and your ability to cope with stressors.
Drug abuse and dependency is a problem that unfortunately runs rampant in society today. While the use of psychoactive drugs will alter your state of consciousness, the potentially long-lasting negative effects can far outweigh the pleasant effects you may temporarily experience. If you are looking to alter your state of consciousness to achieve enlightenment, for recreation, or for an escape, there are other better and less harmful ways of accomplishing this.