What is drug addiction?
Drug addiction is a complex disease that effects people in profound and highly individualized ways. If left unaddressed, it ruins users' health, relationships and entire lives. Although there’s no quick or comfortable solution for kicking drug addiction, addicts and those who support them can and should hope for a better future.
The common signs and symptoms of drug addiction are building up a tolerance to a particular drug; taking drugs to avoid withdrawal symptoms; and the inability to stop the use of drugs. While each drug of abuse produces different effects, all abused substances share one thing in common: they alter brain chemistry, causing long-lasting changes to brain functioning. Drugs effectively assault the brain by interfering with the user’s ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment, control behavior and feel normal. These brain-altering changes are also responsible for the drug cravings and compulsions to use drugs that make addiction so powerful.