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Drug & Alcohol Abuse

             Alcohol and Drug abuse are discussed, the kinds of drugs, reasons for the addiction. I will define the addiction to drugs, and alcohol. I will also explain the several types of drugs and the effect they have on the body, mind, and loved ones. I will also explain the several different kinds of treatment for those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.
             An addiction is a compulsive need for a particular substance or activity. People who are addicted depend on these things to get along in their daily lives. They give in, day after day, to a very strong craving that needs to be satisfied. An uncontrollable urge for sugar is a labeled as a "sweet tooth", and a serious need for caffeine is disguised as a pleasant " coffee break". Millions of people remain addicted to nicotine, even as they openly acknowledge the serious risk that cigarette smoking presents to health. Addictions of any sort are destructive in that they deprive the addict of the ability to exercise control over life. By definition, an addiction offers no choice to the addict and often is the direct cause of serious disruption in the person's health or lifestyle. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recognizes some 100 separate illicit substances as being abused by significant numbers of people. Alcohol, a legal drug, is not included among these substances but must be included in any examination of substances that are addictive and highly destructive to both users and society as a whole. .
             Substances of abuse and narcotics include heroin, morphine, codeine, opium, and methadone. Narcotics are painkillers and cause drowsiness. There are four different categories describing the effects of narcotics. (1) Depressants, include Valium, and Librium. (2) Stimulants, include "speed"; "crack"; "cocaine"; "snow"; "crank"; "go"; "speedball"; "crystal"; "cross-tops"; "yellow jackets". The abuse of cocaine has strikingly increased in recent years.

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