Drug addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is a disease that affects the brain and behaviour of a person, resulting in an inability to control the use of any drug or prescription, whether legal or illegal.
Alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine are all examples of drugs. When you’re addicted to a substance, you may continue to use it even if it harms you.
Drug addiction can start with a social experiment with a recreational drug, and for some people, drug usage becomes more common as time goes on. Others, particularly with opioids, develop drug addiction after being exposed to prescribed medications or obtaining medications from a friend or relative who has been prescribed the medication.
Depending on the drug, the risk of addiction and the rate at which you become addicted varies. Opioid painkillers, for example, have a higher risk of addiction than other drugs and develop addiction more quickly.
As time goes on, you may need higher doses of the substance to get high. You might need the medicine just to feel better soon. As your drug use increases, you may find that going without the substance gets more difficult.
Stopping using drugs might cause severe cravings and make you physically ill (withdrawal symptoms).
Keeping a recurrence from happening
Once you’ve grown addicted to a substance, you’re more likely to relapse into that behaviour. Even if you’ve had treatment and haven’t used the drug in a long time, resuming use will likely result in you losing control.
Stick to your treatment plan as closely as possible. Keep an eye on your hunger levels. You might think you’ve recovered and that you don’t need to do anything else to stay drug-free. Your chances of being drug-free will improve significantly if you continue to see your therapist or counsellor, attend support group sessions, and take prescription medication.
Avoid high-risk situations at all costs. Don’t go back to where you used to get your narcotics from a drug dealer. Also, avoid your drug-addicted friends.
If you use the substance again, get help as soon as possible. If you begin to use the drug again, you should call your doctor, a mental health professional, or someone else who can help you right away.
It might be difficult to know what to do when someone you care about is battling with substance abuse, but keep in mind that you are not alone.
Contact Serene Rehabilitation Centre today at +254 746460202 and we will assist you in obtaining the assistance you require.