Social Problems Arising from Habitual Drug Use
SOC 3900: Introduction to Sociological Research
Dr. Steven Seiler
March 26, 2021
Social Problems Arising from Habitual Drug Use
Development of human beings from adolescents into adults is a fascinating thing. This period of one’s life is where individuals are able to craft their own sense of self while enabling themselves to become more socially equipped. Unfortunately, growing up can have side effects, one being drug usage. Many of these substances will prove to create a ‘social backslide’ for those who chose to use drugs on a regular basis. This will manifest a potentially unsuccessful path of life simply because drugs can lower one’s socioeconomic status, while also neglecting their social abilities and behaviors which many were learned from early to later adolescence. Some individuals will become more adapted to habitual drug use due to them being born with some sort of social disorder. Children that are burdened with disorders such as a hyperactive disorder may be at a higher risk of using drugs, and these children also might be vulnerable to antisocial behaviors (Sandro Galea, MD, MPH David Vlahov, PhD, 2002). While also putting into perspective how certain types of substances affect the brain directly, it is paramount to discuss how these substances can potentially cause problematic lack of social abilities. The purpose of this study is to identify what stage of life is drug use more likely to occur, and to also determine how individuals that use drugs can develop issues concerning their social behaviors and skills. To go into more detail, this study will provide informative research to prove that habitual drug use can cause issues for someone socially which can also negatively affect someone from reaching their full potential in life.
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