Drug addiction is the dependence on legal or illegal drugs or medications. Addiction is something that you can’t control despite the harm it will cause. When you are addicted to a certain drug or medication, you won’t be able to stop yourself because of an intense craving. Some drug addicts want to quit, but most people can’t do it on their own.
The results of drug addiction are serious and have long-term consequences. You physical as well as your mental health is affected and may cause you your overall health, relationships, employment and ultimately the law.
People who are addicted to drugs can find help from experts such as doctors, support from family and friends, certain groups and a treatment that is organized and well planned to overcome drug addiction and stay drug-free for life.
Being addicted to drugs can not only affect your relationships, your work etc but also your overall health. Drug addiction can be a disease that will affect the brain. It is true that initially, people choose to take drugs, but over time their brain is affected, causing changes in the structure and function of the brain, thus losing their self-control and ability to make a sound judgment. Fortunately, there is treatment. Experts have discovered that combining an organized treatment and behavioral therapy can help drug addicts stay drug-free.
Drug abuse can damage the brain. Drugs are chemicals that alter nerve endings and affects neurotransmitters, tricking the brain to send abnormal messages. Marijuana and heroin have the same structure called neurotransmitters. Some drugs can alter brain chemicals that will result in abnormal communication patterns.
Some individuals can be addicted to drugs, while others don’t. There are factors that would prevent people from getting addicted. Age, social environment, a person’s biology plays significant roles in this matter.
If you think you are suffering from Drug Addiction you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Drug Addiction as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).