In today’s day and age, patience and perseverance are rare commodities. People want fast food, fast service, fast transportation and fast solutions. Unfortunately, fast doesn’t always mean better, and such is usually the case with fast solutions to life’s problems. Just like placing a Band-Aid on a broken arm does nothing to protect or heal the arm, a fast solution may avoid the problem, it may not actually address and resolve the source of the problem, and it may actually contribute to making the problem larger or more complex. Such is the case with individuals who turn to drugs and alcohol when faced with life’s problems.
Most individuals are well aware of the fact that alcohol consumption can make an individual unable to respond to certain stimuli in their environment. Their response time is slow and ineffective, and they can be highly dangerous behind the wheel of a vehicle. While some may not consider alcohol to be a drug in the same class as heroin, cocaine or ecstasy, it is a perfect example of how drugs can numb the individual’s senses.
One of the most tell-tale signs that an individual is using drugs is their unhealthy physical appearance. Their skin may look gray, droopy and worn. They may have red, bloodshot eyes with dark, heavy bags under them. They may be carrying excessive weight or seem dangerously thin. Many substance abusers look considerably older than they actually are, and many seem unable to get proper rest or undertake any form of exercise without getting tired very easily. It may not be surprising to hear that a substance abuser looks physically unwell, but why exactly is this true?
Like many other things, the subject of drugs and the truth about how they affect the individual is very poorly understood by society today. Between those who believe that all drugs are okay in moderation, those who believe that some drugs are helpful and others are harmful, and those who believe that all drugs are harmful, there is a wide difference of opinion and understanding. And if one were to ask any individual why they think that drugs are good or bad, you may not get a factual rundown on the drugs themselves and how they act in the body, but rather just what the person has heard about drugs from others or perhaps experienced themselves. Like a young child who is reaching out to touch the hot stove, an individual can hardly be expected to act prudently around drugs if they don’t understand what they are and how they can be dangerous.