Drug Addiction

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.

Drug Addiction Substances:

  • Barbiturates (sleep-inducing and anxiety-decreasing drugs)
  • Benzodiazepines (such as Valium and Xanax)
  • “Club drugs” (including ecstasy)
  • Cocaine and crack-cocaine
  • Hallucinogens (including LSD, PCP)
  • Inhalants
  • Methamphetamines (also known as “meth,” “crank,” and “speed”)
  • Narcotics (heroin, morphine, other pain relievers)
  • Prescription Pain Medications (such as OxyContin®, Oxycodone and Percocet)
  • Other Prescription Drugs (such as Ambien and Adderall)

We suggest using WebMD to learn more about specific substances.
If left untreated, drug addiction can lead to permanent changes in the brain’s functions and operations. Read more about symptoms of drug addiction and how Nova Counseling can help with diagnosing and treating the disease.