Drug Addiction isn’t a Punchline

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

It’s easy to watch movies and laugh at the way drugs are portrayed. Sure, cheesy 70s and 80s movies and even the early 90s often showed people get high off of something, and the world is just twisting and turning, and everything is amazing and hilarious, and nobody can stop laughing. Or you’d have some goofy loser looking for their next fix, and they’d be off on crazy misadventures trying to do just that. The real world isn’t like that. When a person in the real world gets high, it can change their brain chemistry, and make them miserable without it. And that’s only what it does to the person themselves.


The Reality of Drug Abuse

It’s easy to forget the social impact addiction has on a person. A friend, or a roommate, or a family member, once drugs enter their life, will often change without realizing it themselves. They tend to grow distant, more moody and prone to fits of emotion, and will often make friends with people in circles around their dealers and other drug users. All of this is hard on those who care. It can be a mental struggle for people who care about their friends to confront them about their drug use. But no matter how hard it is, if someone is trying to get help for an addict, they’re fighting for that person’s life, and surrender is rarely an option to take.


Of course, the health impacts are bad too. Depending on the chemical substance, the person who issues it may have mixed in other chemicals for either additional effect or to dilute the amount they give out per dose. Unless it’s prescriptions being abused, there is no legal medical oversight involved. They have no duties to put the user’s health first when making their product. And even if it is prescription drugs like oxycodone or opioids that are being abused, the medical care involved will not protect someone who is using the drugs the wrong way.


No “Good” Illegal Drugs

Even worse, depending on the kind of drug used, there can be terrible physical repercussions. Methamphetamines are particularly notorious, quickly causing tooth decay and gum disease after only a few uses. There are many other drugs, with many different side-effects and withdrawal symptoms, but you will rarely find a drug that has a net good to a person’s body without some horrible consequence. Even society as a whole is hard to forgive those bearing the signs of being an addict, no matter how good people might be.


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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.