Understanding the Disease of Drug Addiction
Drug addiction also referred to as substance use disorder is a disease that can affect nearly every aspect of your mental and physical health. As noted by WebMD addiction can directly impact your brain and behavior.
The health website notes that drug addiction may impact your judgment, decision-making, memory, and ability to learn.
Signs of drug addiction include:
- Using drugs daily or the urge to do so;
- Being unable to stop using drugs despite wanting to or not having the money to purchase them;
- Using drugs despite consequences at work or school;
- Using drugs despite a negative impact on your relationships;
- Isolating yourself to use drugs;
- Engaging in risky behavior while under the influence of drugs;
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms or becoming sick when you attempt to stop using drugs.
If you or someone you know is exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, it may be time to seek professional help. Drug treatment is available and can help. Millions of Americans suffer from diagnosable substance use disorder, but few ever seek treatment. Overdoses are claiming the lives of far too many people, but help is available. Treatment has proven successful for countless people.
Drugs can affect you both in the short term and the long term. It is important to get help early and to continue treatment until advised to stop by a medical professional. Individuals with a family history of drug use or mental disorders are at a higher risk for addiction. Getting the help you need now can go a long way towards saving your life and others.