In order to understand how drugs affect you, you must understand what drugs actually are.
In general drugs alter the chemical state of a person's body and mind.
Drugs can be categorized in three groups.
Medicines: As drugs change the chemical state of your body and/or mind, when you feel sick you are given some (good) drugs by your doctor to balance the chemical imbalance in your body to get you better.
Legal addictive drugs: Alcohol and tobacco are harmful yet legal in north America. They can cause damage to your body and mind.
Illegal addictive drugs: There are many drugs which fall into this categories. You can learn about these categories in detail on drug categories page and types of drugs page. Read on to find out how these drugs affect
You age faster, and with time you start to look 10-15 years older than your age.
Physical dependence and addiction
Loss of appetite
Can cause unrepairable damage to your brain cells.
Consequently you lose memory
Irrational decision making
Nightmares, and hallucinations
Impaired depth, and time perception
Your social life
Greatly impaired judgement and decision making ability results in
Alienated from peer
Withdrawal from the family activities, and family members
Set bad example for younger siblings
After a while no family member or friend is close enough
Your financial life
End up in lower skill, lower status job
Hard to keep up with the work pressure, and may loose your job to drugs
Spend most of the earning to buy drugs.
At times feel the 'need' to steal for drug money.
You may feel that you have enough money to throw out of the window, but all of us got just one life.
Criminal convictions are also recorded for drug offenses, which can affect your life in many ways. Remember you are the architect of your own life. Choose your path wisely.