Health should be in the foreground, the dependencies into oblivion, and turning control of your life to drugs.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC ), has the date June 26 as key to remember that the world is committed to fight against addiction and trafficking of illegal substances.

The International Day Against Addictions is: Part of the UN campaign to capitalize

support and inspire people to act against abuse and trafficking of drugs . Health should be in the foreground and dependencies into oblivion, this should be the goal, but unfortunately there are still many people who give up control of their lives to drugs. Young adults and adolescents are particularly vulnerable. The high incidence of use among young people, largely duplicates that of the general population.

Social peer pressure to experiment with drugs may be pressing, and often self-esteem of young people, incidentally, is low. Even those who use drugs most often are misinformed or are not sufficiently aware of the risks that it tends to health. The campaign of the UNODC , is aimed at young people often speak of the “elevation” caused by the drug, but, you may not know the high number of “dips”. All drugs have immediate physical effects that can seriously undermine the psychological and emotional development. To keep a healthy lifestyle must make decisions that respect the body and mind. For these determinations, young people need guidance from people who are their models and learn the harsh reality of drug use. The UNODC international campaign provides information tools that focus on risks to health posed by such consumption.

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There are other addictions

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the ultimate support tool of psychiatrists, is being updated to include new addictive behaviors, experts working on a new definition of what is an addiction, and in the future could be classified as diseases, sex addiction, gambling, internet, and even shopping. Although the manual is written by the American Psychiatric Association (American Psychiatric Association) is an influential book in the world psychiatric community because, allows doctors to assess the patient’s symptoms and definitive diagnosis of his illness.

The task of updating the DSM is coordinated by Dr. David Kupfer of the University of Pittsburgh and Darrel Regier, director of research at the APA. Perhaps one of the most controversial changes, is the new definition of addiction, which, experts say, can result in millions more worldwide, are diagnosed as addicted and medicated to deal with these new diagnoses. So what explains the psychiatrists, the DSM-5 include a broader list of recognized symptoms of addiction to drugs and alcohol, but also reduce the number of symptoms required for diagnosis of other addictions (sex , internet, or shopping, etc). The new DSM will be presented in May 2013 in San Francisco, California, United States.

Curiosity

In a scientific paper authored by Dr. David lynch, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine , published a statement thereof to the attention of locals and foreigners to say that the brains of senior business people and addicts illegal substances (drugs), they operate similarly. According to neuroscientist, a senior manager and a highly competitive junkie share three fundamental characteristics: People seeking novelty, like the risks, and have compulsive attitudes also have addictive personalities that make them dive into a habit or activity. However, the main reason why both are alike is, by how they react to dopamine. This substance is a neurotransmitter that is reinforced in people seeking new experiences. It causes a feeling of pleasure after a moment of high tension.

Numbers

In 2010-2011, about 210 million people, 4.8% of the population aged 15 to 64 years old, consumed illicit drugs at least once during the past year. The overall drug problem including consumption (0.6% of the population aged 15 to 64), remained stable. However soared demand for substances not under international control as, the piperazine and cathinone. It also mimic the effects of cannabis by synthetic cannabinoids also known as “spice”. Quitting an addiction is really hard, but, when substance use is socially accepted. This is the case of nicotine , one of the most addictive substances that exist as addictive as 80% of users, while cocaine does in 22% and 6% alcohol.