What We All Need to Know About Drug Addiction

Individuals who struggle with drug addiction do not set out to destroy themselves and everyone and everything in their path--rather, these cataclysmic consequences are the effect of the vicious cycle of addiction. Drug use and abuse may seem to avert emotional and physical pain by providing the user with a temporary and illusionary escape from or way to cope with life's realities. In fact, more problems--serious ones--are created by using drugs. Over time, a person's ability to choose not to take drugs can become compromised. Soon enough, the person rationalizes the need to use consistently and will do anything to get high...

Drug addiction is complex. It's characterized by compulsive--at times uncontrollable--drug craving, seeking, and use that persists even in the face of extremely negative consequences. For many people, drug addiction becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence.

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