Drug Addiction

Unfortunately drug addiction is a fairly common part of modern life and there are a lot of people who suffer from it. Treating drug addiction can be a challenge so the best thing would be to avoid it in the first place. However for the people who were unable to do this there are options available to help them to deal with their addiction so that they can go on and lead productive lives.

Drug AddictionDrug addiction occurs when people become dependent on a drug and need it in order to function properly. There are real physical symptoms involved with drug addiction which is part of what makes getting over it such a challenge. The reason that people become addicted to drugs is that prolonged use causes a chemical change in the brain. Under normal circumstances your brain produces chemicals that keep your body functioning properly. Drugs supply some of these same chemicals which your body treats as a signal to stop producing itself. As a result you depend on the drugs for these chemicals which is why there are physical symptoms when you become a drug addict.

Because of the fact that prolonged drug use will cause physical symptoms it is important to start treatment as early as possible. The longer you wait the harder it is going to be to recover. There is a myth that you have to hit rock bottom before you are able to start addiction treatment effectively. This is completely untrue and actually makes the recovery process a lot harder than it would be if you got treatment sooner.

Another myth about drug addiction is that you can't force somebody into treatment, again this is completely untrue. The belief seems to be that if the addict doesn't want to get better they won't however statistics would seem to disprove this. People who enter drug addiction treatment because they have been order to by a court have about the same success rate as those who enter voluntarily. Therefore if you have a loved one who is suffering from drug addiction you should definitely push them into treatment, the chances that it will work are actually quite high.

Of course before you can do this you need to actually know if they are a drug addict. This can be a challenge since most addicts have gotten pretty good at hiding it. Obviously if you know that they are using drugs it is a pretty safe assumption that they are an addict, regardless of what they claim. Since most people won't openly use drugs however you are going to have to look for other signs. Unexplained changes in behaviour are the most likely thing that you are going to see. Even spotting this can be a challenge because most drug addicts will try to avoid contact with loved ones so this in itself can often be used as sign of addiction.