High Life: Illegal Drugs and Conformity

A staggering 73 percent of teenagers polled admitted that school stress was a primary factor in their decision to use drugs, yet a mere seven percent of parents thought their kids might turn to drugs as a stress coping mechanism. Stress related to peer pressure might also cause a young person to engage in conformity by taking drugs to please others. 65 percent of respondents said they took drugs to boost self-esteem.

Everyone gets stressed from time to time, and some teens are turning to drug use to ease the burden. Marijuana and prescription drugs are among the easiest targets, with users often able to access them in as little as an hour.

Whether you’re a parent, teen or just concerned about this issue, it’s important to realize how using drugs to handle stress is becoming more popular among teens, and as a society, we can’t afford to turn a blind eye to the practice.

Which Jobs Lead to Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse is attributed to a number of causes, some genetic and others due to societal aspects. High stress, long hours, and fatigue are commonly cited causes of substance abuse, in addition to remote supervision and easy access to substances. Sometimes, even boredom can cause one to abuse drugs, the use of which has attributed to about four billion lost work hours in the United States alone.

Americans consume 60% of the world’s illegal drugs, so it’s a domestic issue that many should be aware of. Whatever the trigger, substance abuse can lead to decreased motivation at work. Studies show that workers reporting illicit drug or alcohol use are more likely to skip work over two days in a month, while also using sick time leave three times more frequently than the average worker. They were also more likely to miss more than two days of work because of injury, the chance of which increases when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Drug Abuse and Your Body: Exposed

Drugs impact every organ in the body. In this easy to read graphic, we demonstrate the impact of the most commonly abused drugs on the body’s organs and its systems.

Many people who use drugs, even if they are prescribed, are unaware of how a drug impacts the normal functioning of the body. Whether it is tranquilizers, steroids, or marijuana you can see the organs affected and read about the drug induced changes that occur within each of the body’s systems.

Symbols for different drugs make it easy for you to see which organs are affected by which drugs. Knowledge is powerful, find out more about specific drugs using this chart.

Your Brain on Drugs

Check out this infographic, brought to you by bestrehabcounselingdegrees.com, to learn about why the human brain is so easily addicted and what it is that makes us unable to quit.

Rogue Addictions

A staggering 14 million Americans abuse alcohol while 2 million are cocaine addicts, 1.4 million use meth on a regular basis and 800 thousand are addicted to heroine. These widely-acknowledged addictions are joined by addictions to food, sex, work and even shopping.
In this infographic, BestAddictionsCounselingPrograms.com takes a look at many kinds of addictions afflicting those across the United States, as well as their effects and treatments.

Marijuana in America

Do you think marijuana should be legalized in the U.S.? This infographic gives you more insight into the pot debate and lets you know a little more about who actually uses it.