I understand that handling problems in today's society can sometimes be extremely hard to deal with. I realize that many people grow up in broken homes, and as a result, they become rebellious and act out. People often struggle with being rejected by certain cliques or groups causing them to do whatever it takes to fit in. I even understand that some people experience physical or mental abuse in their homes that makes them sometimes runaway. Why when problems arise suddenly do some people turn to drugs as their relief? I never really understood why people abuse drugs because of their problems.
When I refer to drugs, I mean things like cigarettes, prescription, and non prescription medications, narcotics, and even alcohol. To abuse something is to use it more than normal or misuse it in an inapproiate way. Abusing a drug is usually done every time the abuser wants more. Abusing of drugs can be done in many different ways, but I will explain to you what I mean by abusing drugs. The abuse of drugs is not normal. For instance, people that abuse cigarettes do not just smoke the usual two or three cigarettes. They would smoke one in the morning, one for lunch, and then another for dinner. An abuser would smoke a whole pack that day. That would be about twenty four cigarettes a day. You can see the difference between a normal smoker and an abuser. An abuser takes it to the extreme. They smoke one after another. These smokers are commonly referred to as chain smokers. Alcohol is another commonly abused drug. Alcohol could serve as an occasional treat, but many abuse it. For example, when problems arise, people try to drown them out with alcohol. Most abusers start at the beginning of the day and drink all day until they are intoxicated. Others start midday and continue until night and consume so much that they also become intoxicated. These people are then referred to as alcoholics. Prescription and non prescription