What is Addiction


What is Drug Addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines drug addiction as a “Complex brain disease”

Addiction is a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the structure and function of the brain. It can bebrain effectively prevented, treated and managed by medical and other health professionals. It is characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable, drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. Drug seeking becomes compulsive, in large part as a result of the effects of prolonged drug use on brain functioning and, thus, on behavior.

If you have any of these signs there is a good chance you have a drug abuse problem:

  • You’ve built up a drug tolerance
  • You need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects you used to attain with smaller amounts.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms.
  • If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
  • You’ve lost control over your drug use.
  • You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t.
  • You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
  • Your life revolves around drug use.
  • You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing.
  • You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you.
  • It’s causing major problems in your life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms.
  • If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
  • You’ve lost control over your drug use.
  • You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t.
  • You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
  • You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
  • Your life revolves around drug use.