Drugs and Narcotics in History
When do you know you’re under addiction? Based on our research, addiction meets two criteria to meet its definition.
Initially, you have difficulty controlling yourself on the amount you use and how long you use it. Let’s cite a common scenario.
One glass of alcoholic beverage could entice you to drink more, hoping to reach its satisfaction, but the reality is, you will no longer be satisfied because your system is already used to it.
And secondly, you can’t stop yourself to continue using it even though it has negative effects in your life. For example, you continue to drink even though it would hurt your relationships and eventually might lead to its complete destruction.
These two criteria define all types of addictions. They are not only true for both alcohol and drug addiction but also true for gambling addiction, eating disorders, and sexual addictions.
Prevalence of addiction in our society has been one of the Government’s major issues since then. This phenomenon can be traced way back in our history when these substances were mainly used to cure ailments, diseases, or for any medicinal purposes. Wine, for example, was used way back early Egyptians, narcotics from around 4000 B.C., and medicinal use of marijuana from 2737 B.C. in China. During 1900s A.D., newly discovered active substances started to circulate but unregulated and prescribed freely by physicians for widespread ailments.
During the American Civil War, morphine was used dominantly for wounded veterans and return home with their kits of morphine and hypodermic syringes. Opium dens also flourished, unregulated. By early 1900s, the population of addicts increased dramatically and problems of addictions gradually accelerated to a higher level, which now occupied a spot in the list of Government’s major societal issues.
This major issue has affected the community on a large scale and in familial levels. If your loved one is going through addiction or drug abuse, you know what we are talking about. Someone you know could use some help and Rehab for Couples is here to help. Give us a call at 714-654-2325 for inquiries or to set an appointment for therapy.