What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, progressive and fatal disease that causes its victim to engage in compulsive drug seeking and use; even in the face of repeated harmful consequences to the addicted individual and the people around. For most of the people, the decision to take the initial dose of drug is voluntary; but the later development of addiction challenges and severely hampers the patient’s ability to resist intense urges to take drugs.

Addiction is a cunning and baffling disease, as it known. It has many ways and means for sustaining itself. Despite the negative changes it brings… the kind person becomes angry or hostile; the happy person becomes and sad and morose and the perfect gentleman ends up becoming a lousy and violent one. Yet the drugging continues and a vicious cycle begins.

Addicts have a biological metabolic disorder which results in the quick disintegration of drug (which should have been otherwise slow) and slow handling of the toxins resulting from the first stage. This leads to accumulation of toxins, hence the term, intoxicated. This intoxication leads to a thinking and living pattern firmly based in denial and delusion. Due to this denial, the drug user cannot see the menace of addiction approaching. This leads to slow reflexes and week responses. Although the patients are able to perform previously learned and mastered routines to a minimally acceptable degree of execution but they are unable to learn new things or manage split second decisions. This sometimes leads to unexplainable road accidents and crash landings of air liners (with damaged tires and landing gears). In short, it is dues to this faulty handling that addiction occurs. It starts in the biology and kick starts the chain reaction which later deteriorates the psychological, social and spiritual areas of a person’s life. When such malady happens, it is mandatory to drink, use drugs and override the pain of toxins in the blood.

This internal punch hits very hard. In such instance, the sufferer has to decide between two things; do drugs or face the music. This is the mystery behind the consumption of drugs that is regularly mistaken by others for a mere psychological compulsion. Damned if he uses drugs and damned if he does not. Addiction is known by its four characteristics, It is primary, chronic, progressive and potentially fatal in nature. Being Primary indicates that it does not depend on some other circumstance, by chronic that it’s long lasting. Disease that worsens up over the span of time is referred as progressive and potentially fatal refers to the fact that addiction kills in many ways.

Addiction has many things in similar with other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease etc and can be managed successfully. Nonetheless, as in the case of other chronic illnesses, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin using drugs again; this happens particularly when addiction is not managed by a tried, tested and proven to work program. Failures such as these lead to deterioration in morale of the loved ones of the patient as well as bringing a bad name to the treatment. Although it does not indicate failure on part of the treatment—rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted so as to match the needs of the patient and help him regain control and recover.

At Willing Ways, there are many treatment options such as inpatient, outpatient etc. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer in silence and isolation anymore. You don’t have to suffer the shame that comes with the package (addiction). You can decide to stand firm and manage your or your loved ones addiction once and for all. It is aimed at countering addiction’s disruptive effects on an individual as well as the people around him. Research and experience shows that combining medications, behavioral therapy, counseling and lifestyle training for the patient as well as the family is the best way of ensuring success. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns, life issues emerging from the destruction of addiction and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to long term recovery and a life without drug abuse. Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully. And as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse, however, does not signal treatment failure—rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted so as to help the individual regain control and recover.

It is not always easy to tell when someone is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, since the person may go to great lengths to hide the problem.

Nonetheless, there are usually signs that something is terribly wrong. Typical warning signs include:

•getting drunk or high on a regular basis
• having to use more drugs or alcohol to get the same effect
• wanting to quit but being unable to do so
• lying about or hiding the alcohol or drug use
• avoiding friends in order to get drunk or high
•giving up other activities, such as homework, profession related work, family commitments and other responsibilities in life
• pressuring others to drink or use drugs
• taking risks, including unsafe driving leading to accidents
• driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• getting into trouble with the law
• being kicked out of school or job for a reason related to drugs
• Having a belief that the only way to have fun is to drug and drink
•being unable to remember actions the night before drugging episodes and other memory Lapses
• Looking and feeling as if run-down, hopeless, or depressed especially when abstaining from drugs • wanting to quit but being unable to do so.


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