Why Drugs are Bad for You

Lonestar Victory Ranch would like to share with you the many, many reasons why drugs (even prescription medications) are bad for you. Legal drugs such as prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs change the chemical state of your body and/or mind. While they are sometimes necessary, they are all too often over prescribed and over used by the general population. Many people mistakenly believe that just because their doctor prescribed it or it is for sale on the drugstore shelf it must be safe. When prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs are taken in excess, mixed with other substances or used by someone without prescription fatal consequences may happen.

All drugs affect your body, mind and sometimes your social life. Taking drugs or alcohol habitually can cause severe physical changes to your body. Many people look 10 to 15 years older than they really are because of their substance abuse. The changes are often permanent and last even after the user has stopped abusing the drug. Depending on the drug abused an addict may experience rotten/decayed teeth or even lose their teeth, develop lung cancer or breathing problems, suffer hair loss and struggle with insomnia.

When a person takes a drug it affects their brain. This is where the effects of the drug stem from causing the feelings, emotions or physical changes the user is looking for when they abuse a substance. A person who has developed an addiction to drugs will cause damage to their brain cells. Sadly, the damage is often times un-repairable. Addicted persons struggle with memory loss, dementia, irrational decisions, suicidal thoughts, nightmares, hallucinations and mental impairment.

Drug use can affect your social life too. It greatly impairs your judgment and decision making leading to poor choices that may have lasting consequences (pregnancy, legal problems, etc.). You may become alienated from your friends and those who care about you. Drug addicts often withdrawal from family activities and steer clear of close family members leading to tension and hostility in the household. Worst case scenario is not just your parents and loved ones finding out about your addiction problem, but you getting into trouble with the law. Criminal behavior can haunt you for years, if not the rest of your life depending on the extent and severity of what you have done.

Understanding why drugs are bad for you will hopefully help you choose to stay away from them and help your friends do the same. One poor choice to try drugs may lead you down a road you never saw coming. Make the decision now to say no if you are put in a situation to use drugs and you will find that if/when that day arrives it will be much easier to follow through with your choice.   

One thought on “Why Drugs are Bad for You”

  1. Great blog!! We are a Prevention Partnership attempting to improve adolescent and teen lives. Our main focus is substance abuse! Love this!

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