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DEMCO wants you to know...


If a friend shows signs of abusing alcohol or other drugs, it's hard to know what to do or say.

Here is some information that you should know that can possibly help them.

  • Drug abuse refers to a deliberate decision to use alcohol, an illegal drug, or a medicine in an unsafe way. Drug abuse can lead to addiction.

  • Addiction means losing control over your drug use. Or losing insight into knowing how or when to stop.

It is just that simple, to start using is easy, and to stop is hard, now that the mind has been exposed to its addictive traits and it appears enjoyable. Just one drink then two, then three. The way it makes you feel and the freedom from all inhibitions, send the user to another place in time, free from the cares of their current situation.

Addiction begins with alcohol or drug abuse. Sometimes you may not even be aware that you are abusing the substance. Emotional abuse often coexists with the pleasure of the experience. Prevention is not to indulge at all.

Drugs and alcohol interfere with normal brain functioning. But they also have a long-term effect on the brain. At some point, changes happen in the brain that can turn drug and alcohol abuse into addiction.

Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both.

  • Physical addiction. A person's body becomes dependent on the drug. It needs more and more of it to get the same effect. When the person stops using the drug, they may have withdrawal symptoms.

  • Psychological addiction. A person's mind craves the feeling that the drug gives. Or the person feels emotionally awful when he or she stops using the drug. The person can be overcome by the desire to get more of the drug.

PREVENTION ~ JUST SAY NO ~ Don't Start so you won't have to STOP!

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