Addiction to drugs and other substances is a global problem that governments around the world have struggled to address. Whereas a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia have tough sentences for trading in, possessing and using drugs, people still risk their freedom by trying to get their hands on drugs and other substances that have been declared illegal.
In this article, we seek to look at the 4 most abused drugs in the Middle East and Asia as well as their effects on the body.
Statistics as well as research indicate that tobacco is among the leading causes of preventable diseases, disability and even death in the world. Tobacco, which is often smoked or chewed, is a very rich source of nicotine which is a highly addictive substance. Continuous intake of nicotine into the body which directly goes to a person’s brain makes brain cells to develop dependency on its stimulating effects and this is what leads to addiction.
Alcohol is a commonly used substance because it’s legal and can be accessed almost anywhere and at any time. In addition to this, alcohol is one of the key ingredients that will not lack in any social gathering. Generally, people develop alcohol addiction over time and once it’s there, kicking it out is very difficult. Generally, alcohol triggers the release of dopamine and endorphins by the brain and this result in a feeling of satisfaction and numbness. It’s these feelings that people are always chasing, and this eventually gets them hooked on alcohol.
Cocaine is an illegal drug that is commonly used because of its potency as a stimulant. What many users never know is that when this drug stimulates, it results in raising a person’s heart rate as well as blood pressure and this can be very dangerous. One of the primary reasons this drug is very addictive is the fact that it triggers the brain to produce dopamine which will last as long as the user is high and once it’s out of the system it leaves a strong craving for the dopamine.
It’s strongly believed that heroin is the world’s most addictive drug and this is supported by research that indicates that about a quarter of the people who try it for the first time end up hooked on it. The fact that this drug is illegal has not stopped users from going to great lengths to acquire it. Heroin will often create a feeling of euphoria, in addition to easing pain and causing the body to go numb.
It’s the proliferation of drugs and substances among the poor populace in some of the underdeveloped nations in the Middle East and Asia that motivates organizations like Cambodia Trust, working through volunteers to engage in interventions aimed at fighting addiction through emphasizing on rehabilitation of addicts. We welcome you to share with us your experiences with drug, alcohol or substance abuse.