Drug Addiction And Its Effects On The Mind Essays

1116 Words May 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
What is a drug in general? It is a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. Drugs are substances that change a person’s physical and mental state. The vast majority of drugs are used to treat medical conditions, both physical and mental. Some, however, are used outside of the medical setting for their effects on the mind. These are referred to as recreational drugs, and many of them are illegal in Australia.

What is a Drug Addiction? Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.

There is different types of drugs. One of them is called an psychoactive drugs, drugs that affect a person’s mental state, whether prescribed for a medical condition (for example, antidepressants) or taken for recreational purposes (such as alcohol or heroin), are called psychoactive drugs. Psychoactive drugs affect the way you think and feels, which may also may affect the way the person behaves. The most commonly used legal psychoactive drug, apart from drugs taken on prescription, are alcohol and tobacco. The most commonly used illegal psychoactive drug is…

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