Types of dependency on drugs
Using drugs can lead to a person becoming dependent on them. This dependence can be physical or psychological.
Physical dependence means that a person wants to keep taking a drug to avoid how they might feel if it was taken away from them. For example, if the effect of a drug is to help you sleep or feel calm, withdrawing from that drug usually leads to an inability to sleep and anxiety.
Psychological dependence means that a person wants to continue taking a drug because it usually helps them block out reality, feel pleasure or feel they can cope with life. Usually this leads to regular or continuous use of this drug so that taking it becomes a habit.
Because taking any drug carries heavy consequences. Drugs can damage your health, ruin your looks, change your personality and wreck your relationships. And that’s just for starters. We’ve all heard about the horror stories of people losing their lives from messing about with drugs but the slow destruction of people’s lives is just as horrifying.
Getting involved with drugs can put you in dangerous situations and surround you with people who aren’t interested in what’s best for you. Under Article 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, you “have the right to be protected from dangerous drugs and from being involved in making or selling these drugs”. But remember, it’s important that you protect yourself. So know the facts and think before doing anything rash.