Rahul was an enthusiastic small town boy who managed to secure admission in one of the esteemed colleges of the Country. He had a handful of dreams awaiting to be converted into reality and was focused to direction them too. Having started his journey in a new environment away from home, he had all possible sense of freedom and the will to do anything he wanted. But this new environment had so much more to offer him. Getting quality education and amazing environment was not the only thing he learnt there.

He also learnt in College amongst his colleague that he was not “Cool” enough. This marked the onset of a bigger problem. Apparently to become “cool” enough, he needed to do stuff that would give him that tag which he wanted desperately. And then started his one way journey towards drug abuse from which there was no turning back. Having trapped in this trouble, he couldn’t find the will power to stop this which led him to depression. He succumbed to the pressure and committed suicide leaving behind his big ambitions and dreams.

This story is definitely not the most common one nor does every story ends like this. But the gist of story remains the same. Drug abuse can never do you any good. It can make you feel good for that time but the damage it does is irreplaceable. It not only affects you but also the people around you. The”feel good” effect which you get is actually dopamine doing all the tricks. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, cognition, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. When drugs enter the brain, they can actually change how the brain performs its jobs. These changes are what lead to compulsive drug use, the hallmark of addiction.

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The problems associated with drug abuse are innumerable which includes a list of mental as well as physical problems. Here are some of those:

1. It weakens the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infections.

2. It causes cardiovascular conditions ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks. Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.

3. It causes the liver to have to work harder, possibly causing significant damage or liver failure.

4. It causes seizures, stroke and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and permanent brain damage.

5. Drugs hijack the brain’s reward system which is a part of the limbic system, causing unusually large amount of dopamine to flood the system which causes the “high” that one experiences.

Having noted the points, if you are into drug abuse and are now aware of its dire consequences, Here are some steps that might help you in overcoming this evil.

1. Create a new routine and change in your lifestyle: Indulge in new hobbies that might help you in taking your mind off them. The first few days are always the toughest and it’s always important to have a busy routine in this time period.

2. Make New Friends: It’s high time you get rid of friends who force you to stay in drug abuse. Make new friends who have a healthy lifestyle and devote more time to them. Try to view life by their eyes and know how beautiful can it be.

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3. Learn to Relax: The most common inhibitor for the use of drug is an unrelaxed scene which increases anxiety and tension. This forces the person to resort to drugs to get rid of that. Try to be in a relaxing environment where anxiety is not triggered. Take a Vacation in a peaceful place with friends and family. This might show you the bright side of everything.

4. Take help: If nothing seems to work for you, seek professional help. There are many professionals today who are specialized to help you out at this time and could help you in overcoming the abuse.

5. Don’t Start!: If you are just a beginner or have not yet started, stay away from it. There is no fun in trying out drugs for those high levels of dopamine to kick in. If you want a dopamine kick, get in love or achieve high success, that might work better for you.

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