In the previous article we briefly looked at the issue of drugs in our day and age particularly why people use them. If you missed that post I encourage you to go through it before you proceed. So many things in life promise pleasure but what they don’t reveal are the side effects that come by indulging in them. Drugs have serious repercussions on our bodies and not only that, but also on our relationships with the people in our lives.
Research shows that drug abuse alters the brain’s chemistry which affects decision making and behavior. This alteration of the brain eventually leads to addiction because the brain gets flooded (more than necessary) with a chemical called dopamine which is responsible for pleasure. The problem is that to keep experiencing the same pleasure a greater consumption of the drugs is required.
Think about the potential that is killed in a person’s life when they take drugs. It dulls their senses and they fail to make any meaningful contributions to the world around them. Have you realized that drug dealers target young people the most because they are easier to influence than grown ups? When a nation’s young people are crippled the future begins to look bleak.
This cycle of drug abuse also leads to deteriorating health and changes in behavior such as aggression, loss of self-control and poor judgment. You will find that drug addicts’ relationships are also greatly affected as they struggle to connect with the people in their lives because they are solely focused on themselves, many of them going to the extent of not providing for their families in order to buy drugs.
I learned of some statistics recently about drug abuse in Zimbabwe by the youth. According to the Anti-drug Abuse Association of Zimbabwe
- 43% of students know of classmates that have cigarettes in their possession
- 4/5 school going children are abusing drugs
- $1 can buy 2 portions of marijuana
The Bible talks about not having idols (or gods) and drug addiction is a form of idol worship. Think about the generational effects this has on people’s family trees.
“You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” ~ Exodus 20: 5-6
Are you suffering from drug addictions or do you know anyone that is? It may not be easy opening up about it but acknowledging having a problem is the first step to recovery if you are.
While drugs have an element of temporary pleasure they blind the users to their long term consequences. Drug lords don’t care about this; they just capitalize on the users’ addictions to make money for themselves. This is obviously a worldwide problem but with God’s help it can be overcome. What is your take on how drug abuse affects society? Leave your comments below, we would love to hear from you.