Addiction 101

Drug Use

Drug addiction ruins health and relationships and disrupts lives. Discover why it occurs and how to work toward recovery.

Drug Use
Drug Use
Drug Use

Addiction is a severe problem that ruins health and relationships and disrupts lives. It occurs when people become addicted to drugs.

When someone stops using drugs, they will experience several physical and emotional effects. These can include shaking, sweating, nausea, increased heart rate, and other symptoms associated with withdrawal from the drug. In addition to these physical effects, people may experience psychological changes such as depression or anxiety.

Since 1999, drug overdoses have claimed the lives of more than 932,000 people. In the U.S. in 2020, 91,799 people died from drug overdoses. Age-adjusted overdose death rates rose to 31.1% from 2019 to 2020 according to the CDC.

Various factors, including genetics, social environment, and personal choices, can cause drug addiction. It is important to understand these factors to recognize the signs of drug addiction better. Addiction can lead to dangerous behaviors such as lying about drugs or stealing money for them.

Detoxing from drug use requires professional help and guidance. Finding the right support system that can help you with the detox process is important. Support could include a therapist, doctor, or support group specializing in treating addiction. Another option would be to join an evidence-based treatment program tailored to your needs.

Drugs are dangerous because they affect your physical and mental health and can lead to addiction, which is commonly called a substance use disorder. Addiction leads to compulsive behaviors that can interfere with day-to-day life. Drugs can also cause long-term health problems, including liver disease, cancer, or other illnesses related to drug use.

The inability to stop using drugs is often a sign of dependence and addiction. A substance use disorder, or addiction, is a chronic brain disease that causes physical and psychological changes in the body, making it difficult for many people to quit independently despite their greatest efforts and desire. If you’re struggling with addiction, seek help from a professional treatment center or support group.

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