Everyday on television, in the newspaper, or even online, you will encounter news about crimes involving drunkenness. From petty crimes to heinous ones, you will always find someone having broken the law because he or she is under the influence of alcohol. And now wonder–we Filipinos are ranked as the world’s third heaviest drinkers.
Be on the look out for these signs of drug abuse
Drug use has many long-term and short term effects, but ultimately, none of them are positive. Heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy, and many other substances can have their own unique drug abuse symptoms, as follows:
In 1972, there was only as many as 20,000 reported drug abusers in the Philippines. More than 30 years later in a study conducted in 2004, the figures exponentially jumped to 6.7 million, with methamphetamine (also known as shabu) the drug of choice for 90% of these illegal substance users. This has alarming implications to society as the effects of drug abuse rips apart its very fabric–the family. Thus, education and intervention is important not only to the substance dependents but also their families, as well as society in general.
(c) Illustration by Jeremy Enecio
When the word “addict” comes to mind, people usually associate it to substances such as alcohol and illegal drugs. What most people do not realize is that there is also what we call behavioral addiction, which is a very strong urge to do something. Substance addiction and behavioral addiction stem from the same problem, however–COMPULSION. This compulsive or obsessive behavior disables the person to think clearly about the consequences of the action, even at the expense of his health and safety, as well as that of those around him.
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You may have heard of the proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
This is very true when it comes to recovering from addiction. Anyone who wants to get off their addiction and start their journey to recovery must first take that first step. In fact, it is the hardest step to take-acknowledging the addiction.
Do you want to get your life back together—and for the better?
This may be one of the questions that led you here. This is Bridges Of Hope’s first and only blog designed to reach out to everyone who is affected by addiction—alcohol, sex, gambling, drugs and all its other forms. Whether you have a loved one suffering from addiction or you are the one dependent yourself, you can find hope here. Aside from this, we also aim to spread awareness to everyone about the harmful and debilitating effects of addiction.