In my second post, I will be discussing drug abuse and addiction. Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine, and opiates are examples of drugs that people use. People usually want to try out a drug just to experience it once however, they don’t realize how addicting it can be. A lot of high school students either smoke or do drugs just to experience it however get addicted to it and can not function without it. Furthermore, people who use caffeine feel energetic and alert. Caffeine addiction especially coffee addiction causes people to get headaches whenever they don’t get a certain amount of caffeine in a day. They also can experience feeling fatigue, having a hard time concentrating, and feeling irritated (Caffeine, 2020).
Not only can you become addicted to drugs, but you can also get addicted to caffeine, gambling, and exercising. Gambling and exercising are behavioral addictions. Exercising addiction can cause a person to feel withdrawal symptoms such as depression and anxiety when they do not exercise. Similarly, gamblers look for opportunities to gamble without thinking about their financial circumstances.
Stress is a major reason why people start doing drugs. Psychoactive drugs have the effect of relieving stress which is why a lot of people do drugs. Drugs is a way to get their mind off of things. To relieve stress, people should start doing things such as exercise and finding new hobbies. Exercise is a great way to deal with stress. Additionally, people can find hobbies that they enjoy such as reading, baking, cooking, or playing a sport such as tennis. Relieving stress by finding hobbies is a topic that extends what was introduced in the slides since it is a healthy way to cope with stress, so a person does not use drugs.
Caffeine: How long it lasts, how much & withdrawals. Cleveland Clinic. (2020, December 23). https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15496-caffeine-how-to-hack-it-and-how-to-quit-it