Understanding drug addiction
Almost all substances can lead to an addiction-forming when abused. This is due to the chemical imbalance they cause in the brain, which, if continually topped up by a substance, can lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
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What is a drug addiction?
Addiction and dependence are terms that are used interchangeably to describe an unhealthy, problematic reliance on drugs, alcohol, or other compulsive behaviours. Some people develop physical dependencies on a drug while others only develop a psychological (aka mental or emotional) dependence.
Addictive disorders are highly treatable, and treatment at an inpatient or outpatient rehab can greatly increase the likelihood of long-term sobriety. People with physical dependence may benefit from inpatient detox or rehab to ensure a safe and successful withdrawal, and anyone with an addiction should seek out addiction treatment.
Knowing how to spot the signs of addiction can help those who need it to get help
- Being secretive about parts of personal life
- Withdrawal from social contact
- Mood swings and changes in behaviour
- Trouble upholding commitments or responsibilities
- Issues at home, work, or in education
- Unstable finances
- Staying up later than usual or sleeping in longer
- Lack of motivation
- Weight loss or changes in physical appearance