Drug abuse and addiction can change your life forever. Many people require professional assistance to shake this disease, which is largely misunderstood, but they don't get it. The disease can then drive their actions and push them to make choices they would never make otherwise.
For instance, there are numerous links between crime and drug abuse. According to documents from the US National Library of Medicine:
- Drug abuse causes people to break the law while they're under the influence.
- Drug addiction gets expensive, and some people will commit crimes for financial gain in order to feed an addiction.
- Drug abuse can often lead to drug trafficking charges.
The issue is that a true, medical addiction can leave you feeling frantic and desperate. You must get the drugs that your body is addicted to or it cannot function properly. It feels just as necessary as eating, sleeping or breathing.
This means you may fully understand the potential legal ramifications of breaking the law. You may want to adhere to the law and avoid any trouble with the authorities. You may want to move forward with your life.
However, addiction can make all of that impossible. It can force you to do things that you regret even as you're doing them.
As a society, it is important to understand what addiction looks like as well as the impact that it can have on someone's life -- along with the benefits they can see with proper treatment. Make sure you know what options you have if you're ever accused of a drug-related crime.