Leshner states, “As with many other brain diseases, addiction has embedded behavioral and social-context aspects that are important parts of the disorder itself” (Leshner). Recognizing addiction as a mental illness can help reduce the health and social costs that are directly related to treating addiction. Research has exposed that drug abuse is a severe health issue, as well as a social issue. Addicts become so obsessed with consuming the substance it causes their immune systems to shut down and causes the addict to be incapable of functioning properly in a social setting. Addiction has severe negative consequences affecting the addict’s mental and physical well being.
“Meth causes the blood vessels to constrict; it cuts off the steady flow of blood to all parts of the body. Heavy usage can weaken and destroy these vessels, causing tissues to become prone to damage and inhibiting the body's ability to repair itself.” (Visible Signs, paragraph 1) A really big appearance change that happens when using this drug is the aging process. The body loses the elasticity and luster that causes you to look young in such a short amount of time. Another really bad thing that can happen to your body with all the Methamphetamine use is the hygiene of the mouth. “The drug causes the salivary glands to dry out, which allows the mouth's acids to eat away at the tooth enamel, causing cavities.” (Meth Mouth, second
Without treatment or engagement in recovery treatment, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. The inherit problem with substance abuse is its relentless progression for those who become addicted. A progression that in most cases leads to one of three places: jail, institutions, or death. In between these outcomes the nature of addiction causes harm on society as a whole. Social neglect and criminal behavior are frequent companions of substance abuse.
As with soma, prescription drugs (where prescribed or otherwise) provide a quick fix for physical or mental problems and/or a way to get high. But these drugs also hurt the users, with addiction, bodily functions failing and making them be violent. The use of drugs has severe effects on the users and not only in reality but also in Brave New World. Usually people turn to drugs for relief and contentment, they want to be in a state of mind where they can feel things which they usually can’t and to be in a state of pleasure so they turn to them. Most do not realise the harsh long term effects these drugs can
One way of describing alcohol is to call it a “toxic drink” for the body. Alcohol is harmful to the human body, and even more harmful to young adults, whose bodies and minds have not fully matured to handle the effects of alcohol. The abuse of alcohol results in both physical and mental damages to humans. Damages include liver damage, addiction, and depression. “Also, lowering the drinking age would have dangerous long-term consequences: Early teen drinkers are not only more susceptible to alcoholism but to developing the disease earlier and more quickly than others” (Dean-Mooney).
Although the intention was good prohibition actually negatively affected the populations’ health because they turned to hard liquor instead of beer. While the supply of alcohol drastically decreased the demand remained the same. Due to the ban on importing or manufacturing of alcoholic beverages in the U.S, it became more difficult to get beverages containing lower amounts of alcohol (e.g. Beer and wine) while getting hard liquor became easier because it was easier to manufacture and smuggle across borders into the country. The higher alcohol content in hard liquor was more effective for getting drunk yet it also took its toll on the population’s health.
However, mescaline produces greater tolerance in some users who take the drug repeatedly. These people that take mescaline must take a higher doses to achieve the same results as they have had in the past. This could be an extremely dangerous practice because they don’t know how the person will react to the drug. It also has a low potential for psychological addiction. The treatments are available for people who are addicted to Mescaline.
It can cause injuries, acute illnesses, chronic diseases and cancer and lastly death if not treated upon. If such diseases are not treated upon many of them can become life threatening. The excessive consumption of alcohol can causes major social impact to not only the consumer but also the community. The consumer becomes addicted to the use of alcohol causing a great impact on their social life. As seen in the case study of Derek Donald who has lost contact with his family members as a result of his hazardes drinking and the effect it has on everyone around him.
People would be high with positive and happy feelings in whoever uses it, and then when it wears off those feelings become negative. With alcohol that “negative” feeling would be a hangover. I didn’t realize how much of an epidemic meth really is. Meth makes people do really crazy things. It’s like they abandon everything that life has to offer and people who really care about them.
People who usually take Crystal Meth seek the pleasure from the chemical reaction in the brain and a hyper effect on the body systems. People who use Crystal Meth will experience hyper activity and won’t be able to properly sleep and will become lazy. People who take Crystal Meth appear normal, but for many years of taking the drug, the hidden effects build up. Methamphetamine addiction is very damaging to the body and mind. Bad temper and social difficulties are obvious effects.