. Drug addiction is a complex problem and it must be understood how the habit of drug taking can dominate a persons physical and mental health and those around them.
People who find themselves under the influence of drugs can usually be classed into two categories.
* Those that know they are addicted and both want and need to find a way of stopping the habit. They understand the damage they are doing to themselves and those around them. People with a ‘want’ to beat their addiction and who look for help from health care professionals. * The unfortunate people who will not or cannot admit to themselves that they are being controlled by a medication. As far as these people are concerned they do not have a problem, they are not addicted and they could stop anytime they want to but, of course, they do not want to stop at the moment. They convince themselves that in reality their problem is not that bad.
What usually starts as an occasional habit can spiral out of control and it affects people from all walks of life. It will usually take time for a person to become addicted and the majority of people do not have the intention of it becoming habit forming. Everyone is different, and whilst you will find some people can use substances for a seemingly prolonged and regular basis and appear to keep it all contained, you will find other users unable to control the usage and volume and they quickly become attached and preoccupied with a substance.
Being addicted can alter how a person thinks and behaves, mainly due to the disturbance of the brains natural chemistry. Their whole personality can change once they find themselves under the influence and control of a substance. The body can adapt and tolerate substances at an increasing level, before long term damage is inevitable or death results due to an overdose.
Common feelings of guilt and shame result because a person cannot accept how they are or what they have done in order to feed their habit. The substance abuse can lead to all kinds of illnesses like depression, anxiety and anger and add to the already incapacitating effects of the drug use. This isn’t like any other products you buy in the market, say beauty products or vitamin c serum.
Once a person can admit that they have an addiction the next step is to seek out professional help. There are a wide number of services available for support, treatment and advice. Measures for the psychological effects, such as counseling, and treatments for the physical aspects in order to minimize the harm of the withdrawal.
Drug addiction can fall into three categories, but an addict may use more than one form when the need arises.
* Non prescription drugs – The over the counter medications, like Ibuprofen or Codeine. A person who takes a analgesic for pain relief for a long time can find that they have to increase the dosage to receive the same effect, or that they continue taking the medication even after the initial pain has subsided.
* Prescription drugs – Stronger medication that create a more powerful effect. Some of these medications, particularly the morphine-like drugs are known to be habit forming and carry a warning to the user that they are for short term use only, mainly because of this reason.
* Recreational drugs – The weekend drug use that can develop into a need on a daily basis. Highly addictive drugs like Cocaine, Crack and Heroin used to escape the normality of life and its pressures.
Addiction is treatable and with full support a person can return to a normal life, but for some people a life of continual or intermittent drug use will result. It is a devastating illness and it has and will continue to destroy the lives of many people both now and in the future.