Con­se­quences of do­ing drugs

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DRUGS have se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions psy­cho­log­i­cally, phys­i­cally and fi­nan­cially.

Psy­cho­log­i­cal changes: In­cludes ma­nip­u­la­tive or se­cre­tive be­hav­iour, per­son­al­ity changes, poor mem­ory and lack of con­cen­tra­tion, mood changes, be­ing fear­ful or para­noid and laugh­ing for no rea­son.

Be­havioural changes: In­cludes poor pro­duc­tiv­ity, fre­quent fights, be­ing ab­sent, de­fi­ant be­hav­iour, iso­lat­ing one­self and poor at­ti­tude.

Per­sonal ap­pear­ance changes: In­cludes blood­shot eyes and ne­glect of groom­ing and dress­ing.

Health is­sues: In­cludes weight loss, headaches, con­stant thirst, sweat­ing, hand tremors, poor co-or­di­na­tion, nau­sea and body pains. AT 15, Terry* was ex­posed to a life of drug and al­co­hol abuse.

What started out as ex­per­i­ment­ing grew into an ad­dic­tion, lead­ing him to steal to fuel his habit, land­ing him in jail.

The 26-year-old fa­ther of one de­cided he needed to change his life af­ter re­cently be­ing re­leased from Westville Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices, af­ter serv­ing nine months. It is for the sake of his eight-year-old son.

“I grew up in Went­worth where there was a lot of gang­ster­ism and drugs. I be­came in­volved with the wrong peo­ple and was ex­posed to heroin, which be­came my ad­dic­tion.

“My now former girl­friend fell preg­nant when I was 18 and ru­mours started that she worked as a pros­ti­tute to sup­port her habit, which hurt me.

“I con­fronted her and she kicked me out of her fam­ily’s home, so I was out on the street and be­gan steal­ing, stab­bing and rob­bing peo­ple.”

Last year, he found him­self be­hind bars. To get pa­role, the court ad­vised he check into a re­hab cen­tre.

“Prior to go­ing to prison, I at­tempted to go to dif­fer­ent re­hab cen­tres but would run away and go back to my life of drugs and crime.”

At the end of last year when he was meant to be re­leased on pa­role, prison au­thor­i­ties, he said, did not want him to re­turn home.

“So my mother found the MFC Care Cen­tre, which helped me stay clean. Af­ter the pro­gramme ended ear­lier this year, I walked out feel­ing bet­ter but cir­cum­stances led to me feel­ing as if I was go­ing to re­lapse, so I con­tacted the cen­tre and said I needed help. They al­lowed me to come back and I feel I am on the path to lead­ing a drug free life.”

* Terry is not his real name

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