The Facts of Addiction

Understanding Addiction

Addiction has a higher likelihood than cancer of being fatal. However, it has long slipped through the cracks between families and friendships to become an anecdotal urban myth about the pitfalls and temptations of modern life. Addiction is no urban myth: it is very real, very dangerous, and extremely prominent.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction can be categorized as substance dependence, damaging or otherwise, that overrides brain chemistry, reasoning, and discipline in order to create a perfect storm of lacking willpower and biological reliance. Most people don’t understand the chemistries and predispositions behind drug addiction, but any addiction is a complicated illness worth dissection and discussion.


Drug addictions are also showing higher correlations with certain background factors that may contribute to a person’s likelihood and propensity towards addiction, including a family history of addiction, early use of drugs in life, mental disorders, abuse and neglect in childhood and even whether or not the drugs of choice are smoked or injected. There is no negligible aspect of drug addiction, and the ever-increasing numbers of addicts throughout the world has put a spotlight on the economic, cultural, psychological and familial causes that underlie areas with the highest drug rates and drug-related crimes.

The Tangents of Addiction

Drug abuse and drug addiction go hand-in-hand, but the truth of the matter is that addiction starts well before the drugs themselves. Although many substances contain addictive contents that promote addictive habits, many times poisoning the body into requiring constant renewals of the chemical’s contents or compounds, the drugs themselves are not always entirely to blame for the addictive personalities of drug addicts.


The term ‘addictive personality’ is not a misnomer; it has been scientifically recognized to define a section of the population that has a predisposition for addiction based on a number of psychological and socioeconomic factors. If that sounds elaborate, that’s because the traits which come together to form the addiction are deceptively dimple in their origins and undeniably deadly in their actualizations. When an addictive personality is paired with a substance like cigarettes, alcohol, or meth, the predisposition for drug addiction skyrockets to nearly unbeatable levels.


Drug addiction is harmful for a myriad of reasons. People will waste all of their money and social graces to recover the substance in question, and in many instances a person will resort to lying, stealing and cheating just to get their biological and chemical fix on the product of their choice. The similarities between a drug addict going through withdrawal and psychosis are no coincidence, and the body’s biology goes through a similar transformation that can cause anyone to behave in destructive and deceptive ways.


These destructive habits are multiplied by the adverse consequences to a person’s health when they are increasing the frequency of their drug use. The physical side effects vary depending on the drug, as meth has a much more shocking and damaging effect on the body than cigarettes, while cigarettes similarly carry a much higher degree of risk than comparable pot habits. But all drug abuse is termed ‘abuse’ for a reason, and any drug used without moderation will become an excessive problem for the physical, financial and psychological health of the user.


The many symptoms that come together to create and sustain a drug addiction can lead to feelings of hopelessness, which is why it’s so important for addicts to seek inpatient treatment programs for stopping their addiction once and for all. Treatment can place addicts within the company of other addicts, and sketch a poignant picture about the lengths and lows that drug addiction can take all sorts of people from all different kinds of backgrounds. Treatment programs can create support systems and scientific understanding for addicts who might have burned bridges and turned away friends or family. Drug addiction is an illness, and inpatient treatment centers assure addicts that society will not turn their backs regardless of the vice.

The Statistics

The facts and figures of drug addiction are alarming. The fiscal cost of drug addiction in the United States alone exceeds 600 billion dollars annually, which puts a frightening stamp on a problem that was already tragic. Over 193 billion dollars is allocated to illicit drugs, with 235 billion for alcohol and 172 billion for tobacco.


The insidious behaviors of addictive tendencies actually suggest these statistics to be drastically reduced from the actual reality of things, and many drug addicts would not consider themselves as such if asked directly. Drug addiction can sneak up on people, and when drugs begin to fulfill something necessary in a person’s life or body chemistry it can become more important to them than food and water. The most common signs of drug abuse involve truancy from work, school or other appointments, a deterioration in job performance, social interactions and funds, lost relationships, and perhaps legal problems. The best option for anyone struggling with these drug-related issues is to seek professional inpatient treatment right away.

Getting Professional Treatment

We know the struggles and hardships that come with addiction and our programs are aimed at providing effective solutions. Patients are able to customize their very own pathway to recovery and enjoy the support that is provided each step of the way. If you are searching for the right center for you or your loved one, call us today to find out what our treatment programs have to offer.


Help Guide: Drug Abuse & Addiction

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction

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