How Drugs Affect Behavior
The addict will now attempt to withhold the fact of his drug use from
friends and family members. He will begin to suffer the effects of his
own dishonesty and guilt. He may become withdrawn and difficult to
reason with. He may behave
The more he uses drugs and alcohol, the guiltier he will feel, and the
more depressed he will become. He will sacrifice his personal
integrity, his relationships with friends and family, his job, his
savings, and anything else he may have in an attempt to get more drugs.
The drugs are now the most important things in his life. His
relationships and job performance will go drastically downhill.
Alcohol And Drug Tolerance
In addition to the mental stress created by his unethical behavior, the
addict's body has also adapted to the presence of the drugs. He will
experience an overwhelming obsession with getting and using his drugs,
and will do anything to avoid the pain of withdrawing from them. This
is when the newly-created addict begins to experience drug cravings.
He now seeks drugs both for the reward of the "pleasure" they give him,
and also to avoid the mental and physical horrors of withdrawal.
Ironically, the addict's ability to get "high" from the alcohol or drug
gradually decreases as his body adapts to the presence of foreign
chemicals. He must take more and more, not just to get an effect but
often just to function at all.
At this point, the addict is stuck in a vicious downward spiral. The
drugs he abuses have changed him both physically and mentally. He has
crossed an invisible and intangible line. He is now a drug addict or