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Psychologist Says Tendency to Use Drugs Can Be Influenced by Lifestyle


A person’s lifestyle can greatly affect various things in his life. This includes being able to make someone vulnerable to becoming a drug user.

Psychologist from the University of Indonesia Kasandra A. Putranto said that a bad lifestyle can be one of the factors that influence a person’s tendency to use, even to become addicted to drugs.

“The lifestyle in question is a chaotic lifestyle, for example due to unemployment, financial difficulties, committing crimes, and social relationships centered around drug use,” Kasandra said some time ago, as reported by Antara.

He added that a person’s social network also plays a key role in determining the type of lifestyle that is lived. Therefore, the level of use of illegal drugs on social networks can also affect the level of use by an individual. In addition, family factors can also influence.

“Factors such as peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, early exposure to drugs, stress, and parental guidance can greatly influence a person’s likelihood of drug use and addiction,” he said.

“Symptoms of depression such as a bad mood can also cause a person to abuse drugs,” he added.

Impact of Drug Addiction

According to Kasandra, taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction. The earlier drug use is started, the more likely it is to develop an addiction.

“This is especially problematic for teens. Because the areas in their brains that control decision-making, judgment, and self-control are still developing, teens may be particularly vulnerable to risky behaviors, including trying drugs,” says Kasandra.

In fact, said Kasandra, drug addiction will definitely have a negative effect. In the short term, addicts will experience changes in appetite, difficulty sleeping, increased heart rate, changes in cognitive abilities, relationship problems, loss of interest in activities that were previously pleasurable, to indifference to emotional or physical pain.

While in the long term, drug addiction will build tolerance to drugs so that drug consumption tends to be more. Then respiratory problems, seizures, paranoia, long-term insomnia, various diseases that attack the body’s organs, to overdose and death.

For that, Kasandra also reminded that in order not to fall into using drugs, one would need to take preventive measures such as developing friendships and healthy relationships.

“Then also seek professional help if you feel you have a psychological disorder or pressure, deepen knowledge about each risk factor, and maintain a balanced life,” he said.

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