You need information to recognize and understand drug addiction or alcoholism in yourself, your loved one.
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or addiction is a brain disease characterized by the inability of the individual to stop using a substance.
All three have to be considered to truly understand the human experience and how drug addiction claims its victims.
When choice is no longer an option we are dealing with a SUD. The effects of addiction are far reaching and can be seen in the home, on the job, in churches and in schools. Abuse is a disease of the brain, and the drugs change brain.
Addiction is progressive and most of the time treatment is required to end the addiction.
Some people need prescription medication, but over time they begin to take too much, too often.
Many drink because they want to feel better after a long day.
Drug programs are as varied as the people who become addicted.
Young and old, white and black, male and female, no one can avoid addiction.
If we are in pain, we want relief from that pain and we want to take a pill that will melt the pain away and not cause any undesirable side effects. Bottom line-- we really don’t know what causes drug addiction.
You have to look at everything and put everything on the table to try and get your hands around it.
Whatever the case, people certainly do not expect the misery that comes with addiction.