MONITORING THE DRUG CLIMATE
CONSEQUENCES OF ABUSE
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES
Do you ever stop and think, then ask why many people chose the road that leads to chemical dependency/addition? Do you ever stop to consider the history that surrounds them?
Maybe they feel pain that they never learned how to release which blocks the meaning of peace in their lives
Maybe they’ve lost a relationship that they gave love, or never felt loved at all.
Maybe they feel pressured by society, friends or even some family members to conform to the environment that surrounds them.
Maybe there is history of abuse, physical, mental by loved ones or someone they trusted.
Maybe they feed the desire for approval by living unhealthy life-styles which can lead to food addiction or sexual addition, for them this can become a drug as well as alcohol or other types of dependency.
And, just maybe they are crying out for help without judgment and rejection.
Now ask yourself, how well do you really know your children, family members, friends or co-workers; are you the type person willing to seek out those people who may need to hear a kind word or do you decide to pretend it doesn’t exist?
Substance abuse is real and the lists of substances are long and continue to grow with even more deadly drugs being introduced into society. I would like to explore with you some of these drugs one at a time as you share the information with your children, family, friends and community: it all starts with identifying the root of the problem.
MARIJUANA has been around a long time and it is abused, it affects the brain, can have dire consequence,
and is thought to be a link to some mental illness. As THC enters the brain it causes a euphoric (high) feeling by stimulating brain cells to release chemical dopamine. Along with feelings of euphoria they experience relaxation, heightened sensory perception, laughter, altered perception of time, and increased appetite. After euphoria subsides, the user may feel sleepy or depressed, periods of anxiety, fear, distrust or panic. Users who have taken large doses of the drug could possibly experience acute psychosis (delusions/loss of sense of personal identity).
Consequences of abuse summary:
- Acute (intoxication period): Impairs short-term memory; judgment, attention; co-ordination/balance; increase heart-rate and Psychotic episodes
- Persistent (lasting longer than intoxication); impairs memory and learning skills; Sleep impairment
- Long term (chronic abuse): Can lead to addiction; increased risk of bronchitis; schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals and may increase anxiety, depression and lack of motivation
*Within a few minutes after inhaling marijuana smoke, heart rate increase; bronchial passages relax and become enlarged; blood vessels in the eyes expand, making the eyes look red.
Confrontation, Anger, Bitterness, Resentment, Expectation and Life-stressors are often personality traits of those who choose to use drugs rather than get at the root of the problem where healing can begin.
*The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), a system monitoring the health impact of drugs, estimated that in 2008, marijuana was a contributing factor in over 374,000 emergency department (ED) visits in the U.S., with about two-thirds of patients being male, and 13 percent between the ages of 12 and 17.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life, the person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirst no more, ever.” John 6:35
Our bodies were made for God-given and God-molded love, for “becoming one” with another. Your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit. You can’t live however you please; squandering what God paid such a high price for. The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works, so let people see God in and through your body. 1Corinthians: 6: 19-20 (Mgs.)
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