Connection Between Intelligence And Drug Addiction

Albert Einstein

Intelligence is defined as the capacity for learning, self-awareness, reasoning, planning, creativity, logical and critical thinking, and recognizing and solving problems. Intelligence is not only measured through IQ-which is a number that represents the cognitive abilities of a person but can also be gauged by observing certain characteristics of intelligent people. Some of the most fundamental qualities of Intelligent people are:

  • Highly adaptability
  • Understand how much they don’t know
  • High levels of curiosity and passion
  • Open-minded to new ideas and opportunities
  • High value for alone time
  • Highly individualistic
  • Overcome impulsiveness
  • Sensitivity to other people’s experiences (Emotionally Intelligent)
  • Insatiable readers

Drug addiction/substance abuse refers to the illegal use of drugs or medications for which they are meant to be used. Drug abuse can lead to many social, physical, and emotional problems. It can cause serious consequences to your brain and health. Drugs cause changes in brain chemistry, and damage brain and nerve cells and their functions. It can thus cause loss of memory, lowered learning capability, decreased cognitive ability, and many psychological problems.

Four main types of drugs are:

  1. Stimulants(cocaine)
  2. Depressants(alcohol)
  3. Opium-related pain killers such as heroin
  4. Hallucinogens (LSD)

Possible signs of drug addiction are:

  • Missing school work, less interest in school activities, dropping grades, and lower work performance
  • Lack of interest in your appearance and looks
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Drastic changes in behaviors, and mood swings
  • Fragile relationships.
  • Being secretive without any reason
  • Sudden requests for money, money stolen or missing, to support drugs

The long-term effects of drugs are very drastic and even deadly. Besides the disadvantages, smart and intelligent people are attracted to drugs and the relationship found is counter-intuitive. Reasons, why smart people use drugs, are:

  • Supports novelty
  • Method of self-medication
  • Gives them space to think
  • Streamlines their thoughts
  • Eradicates feelings of boredom
  • Provides alone time(Isolation)
  • Gives them immense pleasure
  • High energy which makes feel good
  • Reduces stress
  • Aids sleep
Drug Addict

When we use drugs, the brain is flooded with dopamine, which causes feelings of immense pleasure. When brain cells are constantly exposed to excessive dopamine, brain cells are damaged and long-term use of drugs can cause their death also. As the brain tries to cope with excess dopamine, brain functions change due to changes in nerve signals and commands.

Some drugs attach themselves to brain receptors that control, send and receive brain signals. In this way body’s actual neurotransmitters fail to attach to the brain receptors. The job of natural neurotransmitters is hindered which causes relay in brain signals. Eventually, the brain stops producing neurotransmitters required to perform brain functioning.

Blood vessels also become constricted due to drug abuse. It reduces the flow of blood to other parts of the body. Over time, blood vessels become narrow and hardened. When blood vessels become constricted in the brain, brain cells die off which causes small gaps in brain tissue.

  • Smart people have a greater likelihood of developing mental illness than normal IQ people. They can suffer from mental health disturbance, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, and ASD.
  • Intelligent people tend to over-analyzethings due to over-excitability, which causes stress in them.
  • Highly intelligent people are exhaustingly perfectionists which makes them restless.
  • Smart people are more prone to certain physical health issues than smart people such as mental health symptomology and auto-immune dysregulation which causes asthma, allergies, and autoimmune diseases.
  • Intelligent people are highly aware of their deficiencies which causes depression in them.
  • Smart people are more prone to stress.
  • Intelligent people are burdened by high expectations from themselves and other people.
  • They feel intense discomfort in mixed groups of people, thus avoiding gatherings.
  • Smart people worry more than normal people.
  • Highly intelligent people always struggle with life.
  • They struggle with their relationships, especially in love.
  • Smart people prefer to be alone or enjoy the company of their likewise people.

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Written by: Tahira Rubab Hafeez

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