Drug Addiction Resource

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Drug Addiction Resource

More than 20 million Americans will use an illegal drug in any given month, if you count marijuana in this group. Some are addicted and some aren’t, but the point is you’re playing with fire anytime you take a mind- or mood-altering substance, legal or illegal. Drug addiction usually implicates heroin/opioid, cocaine and meth users, but there are several other substances on both the black and pharmaceutical markets that lead people to addiction.

Use this resource to educate yourself about drug addiction and to see if you or somebody you know might be affected by this malicious disease.
Understanding Addiction

Understanding Addiction Drug Addiction: What Is It?

While the decision to take drugs for the first time is usually a voluntary one, many people don’t understand how some people end up as addicts and others don’t. It’s not a matter of choosing to quit, but a much more complex problem that is rooted in each person’s individual brain chemistry.

How Drugs Affect the Brain

When Drug Use Goes Too Far

Drug Addiction: Who Has It?

Drug addiction truly can impact anyone from any background – financial status, race, age, geographic area, educational level…you name it. Although, certain circumstances put individuals more at risk of drug addiction than others.

There are several factors that contribute to whether a person becomes addicted to drugs, and usually, it is difficult to pinpoint just one. However, a combination of some of the following risk factors may influence who becomes addicted:



Brain Development

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Treating Drug Addiction

How Is Drug Addiction Treated?

Drug addiction is not easy to overcome, and it’s even tougher the longer you’ve been on drugs and the harder the substance you’ve used.

Addiction is a chronic condition and is considered to be a “relapsing” disease, meaning that while it can be treated, it is never completely cured. Just like people who suffer from a chronic disease like heart disease or diabetes, those who struggle with addiction must commit to lifelong changes in order to manage their disease. It usually takes professional guidance and months of formal therapy in order to learn how to do this.

Most types of drug addiction require detox treatment, which should be done in a professional setting. After completing detox and outlasting acute withdrawal, the individual should go through various stages of formal addiction treatment, including:

  • Inpatient
  • Partial hospitalization or Intensive outpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Aftercare
It’s not uncommon for individuals to relapse during or after this process, so they may have to make several attempts before truly committing to sobriety.

After the detox phase, many drug treatment programs offer individual and group therapy, as well as educational sessions and holistic or complementary services (such as yoga, meditation, nutritional guidance, etc.).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Drug Addiction FAQs

Still have questions about drug addiction? See if we’ve got your answer here:

How do medical experts define drug addiction?

What are common long-term effects of drug addiction?

What are the most-used illegal drugs?

Are drug addicts commonly affected by other mental health issues?

What is the difference between dependence and addiction?

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