Defining Drug Addiction
- Misusing prescription medications.
- Taking harmful street drugs.
All of these actions can result in the disease of drug addiction – even alcohol abuse, as alcohol addiction and drug addiction are one in the same. Despite the negative side effects associated with any of these drugs, addicts cannot control their use of the substance(s).
Effects of Drug Addiction
Drug addiction affects not only the addict but also his or her family members, friends and loved ones when it “hijacks” the addict’s brain and controls his or her behaviors and emotions.
Addicts often think they can control their addiction and amount of drug use when, in reality, it is a brain disease that is out of their control and requires serious, lifelong treatment, support and abstinence to bring sobriety.