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Drug Addiction Facts

Help for Drug Addiction

It is important to know that when a person is addicted to drugs, help is available. It won't be comfortable, but addiction can be kicked with the proper program.  Our counselors are available to walk you through the options. There is no cost or obligation to speak to one. Fill out the form to the left and we will contact you at the time indicated by yourself.

Drug addiction has specific challenges that other mental and physical problems do not entail. Roadblocks to recovery includes denial.  Denial that their drug abuse affects the person’s life in so many ways, including health, finances and stability. But it is twice as hard to confront when their abuse affects the entire family, their friends, colleagues-- and even the community. Sometimes their rationalizations for using drugs make concerned family members feel like they are the problem.

More times than not, the addict thinks they can handle it, or can quit at anytime, but don't. When is it time to get help? Now.

Drug addiction used to be only thought of as addiction to illegal substances such as heroin or cocaine.  Now however, prescription medications, obtained legally or illegally, fall into this category.  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) recently ran a report listing nine categories of illicit drug use:  marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants; and the non-medical use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives.  While not initially illicit when using prescription medications prescribed by a medical practitioner, addiction still can occur, and often times the patient will do whatever possible to obtain additional medication, from lying to their doctor to "doctor shopping" to buying off the street or obtaining prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies.

Marijuana continues to be the most commonly used illicit drug with 15.2 million past month users. An estimated 8.6 million people aged 12 or older were current users of illicit drugs other than marijuana.

Definition of Drug Addiction

A nice clean definition of drug addiction states: With drug addiction, a person craves the pleasurable sensation produced by a drug and compulsively uses it despite its negative consequences.

The use of certain kinds of drugs may also produce a physical addiction or dependence, meaning that the drug must be present for the body to function normally. In this case, when the drug is withdrawn, the user may experience mild to severe effects ranging from nausea to death.

A good definition of the word "addiction" from Random House Dictionary: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Drug Abuse Clarified

There is a subtle but important difference between drug abuse and drug addiction. Someone can abuse drugs without being addicted but the opposite is not true. It is not possible to be addicted to drugs without abusing them.

Why do People Take Drugs?

People take drugs for many reasons.  There could initially be peer pressure, seeking relief of stress, looking to increase one's energy, trying to relax, wanting to relieve pain, trying to escape reality, wanting to feel more self-esteem, trying to escape boredom, and just for recreation. They may take stimulants to keep alert, or cocaine for the feeling of excitement it produces. Athletes and bodybuilders may take anabolic steroids to increase muscle mass.

Drug Addiction Effects on Society

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that drug abuse and addiction are a major burden to society. Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States—including health- and crime-related costs as well as losses in productivity—exceed half a trillion dollars annually.  Staggering as these numbers are, however, they do not fully describe the breadth of deleterious public health—and safety—implications, which include family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence, child abuse, and other crimes.

Just in the workplace alone, the damaging effects of drug use takes its toll. From loss of productivity - whether it be from time away from the job or lack of initiative - to occupational accidents either to themselves or to those around them.

Drug-related crime can disrupt neighborhoods due to violence among drug dealers, threats to residents, and the crimes of the addicts themselves.

Taxpayer dollars cover the cost of the federal government's budget of $17.9 billion on drug control in 1999 for interdiction, prosecution, international law enforcement, prisons, treatment, prevention, and related items.


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Drug Related Statistics and Facts

In 2008, an estimated 20.1 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users, meaning they had used an illicit drug during the month prior to the survey interview. This estimate represents 8.0 percent of the population.

In 2008, 10.0 million people reported driving while under the influence of illicit drugs during the past year.

Among unemployed adults aged 18 or older in 2008, 19.6 percent were current illicit drug users.

In 2008, 10.0 million persons aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the past year.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The later teens are out of the house hanging out with friends on school nights (Monday through Thursday), the likelier alcohol and drug use will be going on among them.

Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of high schoolers and one in five (21 percent) middle schoolers say drugs are used, kept or sold on their school grounds.

44 percent of high school students and 16 percent of middle school students know a place near their school, but off school grounds, where kids go to get high.

One-quarter of teens surveyed know a parent of a classmate or friend who uses marijuana; 10 percent of teens say this parent smokes marijuana with people the teen’s age.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)


Drug addiction helpAbusing drugs? Admitting that you may have a problem is a huge step to take. Don't underestimate the hold drugs can have on your mind and body. It takes tremendous strength and courage to confront one's addiction. Together with your resolve and the proper support team, addiction can be kicked.  Fill out the form at the upper right side of this page.  There is no cost of obligation to speak with a counselor.


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Drug Rehabs with outside studies showing 75% of graduates going on to lead drug-free lives.

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Drug Addiction Symptoms

Drug addiction produces a drug personality with these symptoms:
Mood Swings - Dishonesty - Unreliable - Unable to finish projects - May begin stealing from family and friends - Isolates self - Withdraws from those who love him - May appear chronically depressed - lies to family, friends, employers - unexpressed resentment and secret hatreds

Characteristics of a drug addiction may include:
Loss of Control. One day he can control his use, the next day he has no control at all.
Compulsive preoccupation with the substance he consumes.
Continued use despite negative consequences.

When taking prescribed pain medication, people do sometimes become addicted. Signs to look for include loss of control over the medication used; more frequent use of the medication per day; taking medication for other reasons besides pain, such as when feeling down or blue; taking medication that was prescribed for another person.

If you are concerned you've become addicted to drugs, some of the behaviors to watch for include: feeling that you have to use the drug regularly; failing in your attempts to stop using; spending money on the drugs even though you can't afford them; doing things to obtain them that you wouldn't do normally such as stealing; you feel you need the drugs to deal with your problems; driving or doing other risky behavior while under the influence; focusing more and more time and energy on using.

Parent Watch List:
Changes in friends
Negative changes in schoolwork, absenteeism or declining grades
Increased secrecy about possessions or activities
Use of incense, room deodorant, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odors
Subtle changes in conversations with friends, e.g. more secretive, using “coded” language
New choice of clothes that highlight drug use
Increase in borrowing money
Evidence of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
Evidence of use of inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products); Rags and paper bags are sometimes used as accessories
Eye drops to cover bloodshot eyes
New use of mouthwash or breath mints
Missing prescription drugs—especially narcotics and mood stabilizers

If you suspect your child is using drugs, you need to handle the situation now. Our counselors can listen and advise you on a proper course of action. There is no cost and there is no obligation. Fill out the form at the upper right side of this page and we will contact you.  You may also want to fill out the online confidential assessment provide so we may better understand the situation.


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