What Is Drug Addiction?
Drug Addiction is a type of substance abuse, which is defined as the excessive use of psychoactive drugs. Including: alcohol, pain medication, and illegal drugs. The use of these psychoactive substances oftentimes leads to the user forming a dependency. Common symptoms will include an uncontrollable impulse to take the substance, inability to adequately control your own use, and also extended use of the substance, regardless of the adverse consequences to your life. It’s important to understand the difference between stages as you’re working through treatment:
The consumption of drugs. This could be a prescription drug for a surgery you’ve received or a medical condition you’re suffering from. For most people, their use is occasional and they’re able to regulate their intake.
Use turns into abuse when you continue to use drugs regardless of how it is negatively effecting you and your life. This usually displays as issues at work, with your health, and also within your personal or romantic relationships.
Dependence is actively having a drug addition. When you’re addicted to a drug, you are physically dependent on that substance. If you were to try and quit, you may experience withdrawals. At this stage, you can no longer control your drug usage and are convinced that you need the drug in order to function. It can be very difficult to accurately pinpoint where the line between use and abuse is when it comes to legal substances. Is needing a cup of coffee every morning in order to be productive considered use or abuse? What about smoking a pack of cigarettes every day? To many these may be innocent everyday tasks, but for some people, it’s very easy to go from what’s considered to be responsible use to abuse, and even dependency. Regardless of how long you have been suffering with drug addiction, what drugs you are addicted to, or what other mental health conditions may be co-occurring, CTI will develop a personalized plan for you to develop a new design for living. Our highly experienced clinical and medical staff prescribes a custom blend of medical, psychological and integrative therapies to most effectively treat you as a whole person so that you can achieve a meaningful, long-lasting recovery.