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Drug Addiction Information
drug-addiction-information.jpgAddiction is a serious condition affecting more than twenty million Americans. Anyone who has been around a loved one with an addiction problem has seen how it can destroy their job, business, family, health and even their life.

Some of today’s drugs are far more capable of rapidly causing addiction than drugs from ten or twenty years ago. Methamphetamine, crack cocaine and Ecstasy can be addictive after just one or a few uses. OxyContin can rapidly create addiction in a young person who just wanted to try it out a few times.

Is Addiction a Disease?

There are some scientists and government officials who describe addiction as an incurable disease like heart disease or diabetes. This description justifies and encourages the use of medications such as methadone or suboxone for treatment. But the success of drug-free addiction treatment programs disproves this theoretical definition of addiction.

Addiction is a condition characterized by repeated, compulsive seeking and use of drugs, alcohol or other similar substances despite adverse social, mental of physical consequences. It is usually accompanies by psychological and physical dependence on the abused substance and the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the addictive substance is rapidly decreased or terminated.

When addiction exists, the drug use controls the individual rather than the individual controlling the usage.

There are very specific factors that hold an addiction in place. When these factors are thoroughly addressed, an addict can recover from the terrible hold addiction has on his soul and his body, and he can once again enjoy a productive life.