Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a disease of the mind, body and spirit affecting the person and their many loved ones in ways completely unimaginable.  It is a chronic condition where the user compulsively seeks out substances as a way to cope with the daily pressures of life and more often propelled by suppressed emotional and psychological traumas, which haven’t been adequately addressed by a professional.  Drug addiction sometimes begins innocently before spiraling out of control and spilling over into other areas of the person’s life such as work and at home.  The decision to use is usually a voluntary one but the subsequent addiction that follows can bring on unexpected obstacles and difficulties unforeseen initially.  Drug addiction literally changes the person’s brain over time and and creates strong associations and cues which onlys serve to compound the problem.  These changes in the brain cause the person to act and think in ways they hadn’t prior to the onset of the addiction and usually with dire consequences.  The addict is more prone to risky and questionable decision making and behavior with the only objective to acquire more of the drug governing the addiction. The first part of the addictive phase is physical causing the user to build up tolerances to said drug over time.  The second phase is more mental and psychological in nature and decidedly more complex in its subtleties and treatment needs to take on a more comprehensive approach respectively.  A variety of factors come into play when it comes to diagnosing the mental and psychological forces at play in a drug addicted user.  Cocaine, crack, heroin and ecstasy are just some examples of the most common drugs widely abused by society.  Fortunately there is a wide array of treatment options available to address these problems and heal the user for the long-term while being especially careful to avoid the prospect of relapse.   

The use and abuse of drugs can have potentially disastrous outcomes if left untreated and able to fester. If left untreated, the abuse tends to spiral out of control to the point where one has completely hit rock bottom having lost everything in the process.  As a result, it is imperative to acknowledge the signs and symptoms immediately in order to preemptively strike and stop the problem before it escalates. Signs of addiction include engaging in risky behaviors subjecting oneself to dangerous situations and people in the process.  Drug addicts tend to isolate themselves and withdraw from public and social activities they may have once loved and cherished.  Sudden radical changes of appearance and or deteriorating personal hygiene are a few warning signs to be on the lookout for when trying to determine whether or not a person has become addicted drugs.  The continued use of the drugs in question despite the ramifications and deleterious effects on the user’s health are at the crux of addiction.  The user or addict may often frequent seedy and questionable places and people to obtain the drugs and envelop themselves in a dark cloak of secrecy.  There are a small subset of people who for whatever reason are able to use drugs recreationally without adverse consequences but these people represent an infinitesimally small segment of the population.  For the majority of users drug dependence can manifest problems in every area of the person’s life and many times other people’s lives as well.  If you’re worried about your own or a friend or family member’s drug use, it’s important to know that help is available. Learning and familiarizing yourself with the intricacies of addiction can better enable you to treat the problem once it presents itself in yourself or a loved one.

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