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How the Internet Enables Addiction

How the Internet Enables AddictionThe Internet is a double-edged sword when it comes to drug addiction. While information regarding rehabilitation is more readily available to addicts, the substances themselves are also easier to obtain.

How the Internet Encourages Drug Use

If you look at the surface of Internet advertising, it’s easy to point out the number of ways that drug abuse is discouraged. For instance, there are a number of ads on leading Internet sites that present anti-drug and alcohol campaigns, as well as drug rehabilitation information. If you do a Google search on any one drug, chances are pages detailing the harmful effects of the substance are among the first websites to appear.

But underneath this picture of a drug-free world wide web lurks a current that promotes substance abuse. In an article with USA Today, recovering teenaged addict Ashley Duffy told the newspaper how the Internet actually facilitated her drug abuse. According to Duffy, she used the Internet to contact her dealer and learn where to go for parties that would offer drugs.

“Kids are really open about it. I see posts from other people describing a night on acid or whatever,” said Duffy. “I think they think their parents are clueless. And I guess they are.”

There are also many online pharmacies that offer prescription drugs, and very few of these require a prescription at all. A study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse by Columbia University showed that 85 percent of online pharmacies do not require a prescription. Also, many of the sites that do require one only require that the document is faxed, so there is much opportunity for fraud.

Some of these sites simply offer an opportunity for an online “medical consultation” that, in reality, may or may not be reviewed by a medical professional before the prescription is approved. In addition, many sites get their drugs from overseas, with the same Columbia University study citing that less than a fourth of the online pharmacies state that their drugs ship from the United States.

There are also many protected websites used by dealers in order to supply drugs to clients. These sites are not only difficult to find, but also offer private transactions for both the user and the dealer. In short, the Internet provides many opportunities for users to more easily obtain addictive substances.

How the Internet Can Help

While it is obvious that the Internet has created many issues with drugs and made it much easier for addicts to obtain the substances they abuse, the fact is that it has also made help more readily available. It is very easy to find drug rehabilitation centers throughout the net, and there are many open and private forums that allow both current abusers and recovering addicts to interact with others going through similar problems.

The Internet has also facilitated sites like ours, which help provide you with the information you might need to get on the road to recovery. Call our toll-free number, where our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and provide helpful and friendly advice in a non-judgmental environment.