Do you know someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol? Are you scared for them and wondering how they can possibly continue down their slippery slope? Do you wonder why they continue using drugs even though they are ravaging their lives and tearing their friends and family apart?
What is Drug Addiction?
Let’s explore drug addiction, so that we can better understand why it is a disease that needs to be treated by professionals. It is not something that family and friends can or should cope with alone. The good news is that there is help for drug addicts and home drug testing products to determine the existence and type of drug.
An Addiction versus a Habit
- Addiction involves a compulsive need that can’t be controlled. If the need is not met, there are negative psychological and physical effects.
- A habit is formed over time by an act of repetition. The brain will begin to do the habit automatically because of the frequent recurrence of the act. A habit can be changed or controlled. It is done by choice.
The brain is a powerful thing, and drug addiction starts with the transmitters within the brain. In the brain, Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that can be elevated by a hug kiss or words of praise. Unfortunately, though, it can also be elevated by drugs. Studies have linked drug and alcohol addiction to dopamine within the brain.
Dopamine not only transmits signals of happiness and pleasure, but it has been linked to addiction on a molecular level. Therefore drug addiction is a molecular problem. It is a compulsive act that should not be connected to failure of character.
Why can’t a Drug Addict Control their Acts?
When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are not able to control the use of the substance even if they know it is bad for them. You can talk until you are blue in the face about what the addiction is doing to an addict’s life and how its ravaging their body, but it won’t stop the addiction. Whether an addict knows something is bad for them or not, has little to do with changing the behavioral and physical aspects of drug addiction.
What Happens when an Addict can’t get Their Drugs or Alcohol?
When someone is addicted and they have not had their drug/alcohol, they may experience psychological symptoms of withdrawal. They may have cravings, moodiness, bad temper, depression and lack of focus, and they may display frustration, anger and resentment. They may also exhibit some physical symptoms which can vary depending on the drug, Symptoms can include sweating, vomiting, hallucinations and seizures.
How Can an Addict get Help?
Combating addiction is hard, but it can be achieved through treatment programs, psychotherapy sessions and/or support groups. First, however the drug addiction must be diagnosed, and this involves drug testing. A drug test kit will tell you what substance an individual has been using, so that the addict can get help. Drug test kits can also be used to follow up on an addict’s treatment to ensure they aren’t using again.
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