How Addiction Affects Actions and Behaviour

A drug dealer who fled from the police and threw away a carrier bag full of drugs has been jailed for two years and eight months. David Mitchell was spotted by police carrying a bag after a tip-off that he was in possession of drugs.

However, when Mitchell saw the police approaching, he fled into nearby woods and threw the bag away. When caught he was asked why he had fled, and he told police that the bag he had contained drugs. He admitted that there was cannabis, cocaine, and heroin in the bag and, when he was searched, police also found heroin hidden in his sock and a small amount in his breast pocket.

Drugs for Supply

Police found the bag discarded by Mitchell and it contained a block of both cocaine and heroin as well as two bags of cannabis resin. The street value of the heroin was £45,300 while the cocaine could have fetched £15,550 if sold in gram quantities to people suffering with addiction. The street value of the cannabis was up to £1,100. Mitchell pleaded guilty to charges of possession of drugs. Had it not been for his guilty plea, he could have faced four years in prison.

Heroin Addiction

The judge in the case told Mitchell that there was no alternative but to send him to prison for the offence. She said, “The abuse of drugs is a ruinous blight on the lives of many.”

Mitchell admitted that he was suffering from a heroin addiction at the time he was caught in possession of the drugs but that he had since sought help and wanted to change his ways.

Why Some People Develop Addictions

Addiction affects people all over the UK. From drugs to alcohol to gambling, there are many different types of addiction, but all are used as a way to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Many individuals will begin drinking or taking drugs because these substances may dull the pain they are feeling or may make them feel happy for a while. Others will start gambling because they are suffering from financial difficulties and are hoping that they will win some money to help them through their financial hardship.

Nobody decides to become addicted – it is just something that happens to certain individuals. Casual use of drugs or alcohol will progress to dependency and then to full-blown addiction.

Addiction is an illness that affects the part of the brain that controls reward sensations. Substances such as alcohol and drugs are associated with reward in the brain, as is the thrill of gambling. However, with substance abuse, the body becomes more tolerant, meaning that more of the substance is required each time to get the same high; this is when addiction takes hold.

How Addiction Affects a Person

Those suffering from an addiction will be described as ‘having changed’ by those who know them the most. Family members and friends will typically speak of how the actions and behaviour of their addicted loved ones are completely different to how they were before they became addicted.

Many addicts become selfish and secretive as they try to hide their problems from those around them. They will not admit to having a problem until the addiction is completely embedded in their lives.

Getting Help

Help is available for addiction, and Addiction Helper’s team of expert staff offer advice, support, and information on how addicts and their families can access the necessary treatments. If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, call Addiction Helper today.


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