Addiction

The state of being enslaved to something that is physically or psychologically habit-forming

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Addiction Guide

Drug abuse isn’t always apparent. Often people will hide their addiction and only through understanding the signs and speaking with them will you be able to help.
It is a chronic, reoccurring disorder defined by compulsive drug seeking and continued use, despite physical and psychological consequences, often causing long term consequences to the brain and body.
There are many types of addictions, most of the highly publicized ones are related to prescription medications like Percocet, Amytal, Morphine, and illicit drugs that include Meth, Cocaine, and Heroin. However, people can be addicted to caffeine, nicotine, gambling, sex and adrenaline producing behaviors.
The exact reason why a person develops an addiction is largely unknown, however there has been evidence that suggests both genetic and biophysical factors may contribute. In many cases social and physical reasons lead to addition. Whether a person takes painkillers too long, or wishes to escape into a euphoric state while avoiding social issues.
There are many indicators which can point to an addiction, some include social isolation, paranoia, depression, mysterious behavior, moodiness, apathy, lethargy, and sometimes a general look of being unwell.
Depending on the person and their addiction, treatment options range from local therapy and counseling, to out-patient and in-patient rehab treatment. Everyone suffering from an addiction should be professionally diagnosed to help find the right solution.
Initially the path of sobriety is often traveled day to day, until it becomes a natural part of life. It’s living an authentic existence, where the addiction isn’t manipulating decisions and the focus is on clear minded life, better relationships, enhanced wellness and personal growth.
To mitigate the chances, avoiding tempting situations, keep a healthy schedule, develop a positive support network, and don’t get complacent. Many people suffer a relapse which should not be viewed as a failure, but as part of the path to sobriety.

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Recognizing Addiction

Can you tell if someone is addicted and in need?
If you’re not sure whether or not you or someone you know has an addiction, know you aren’t the only alone and find help today.
Anyone can be addicted to something, it doesn’t matter who they are, and it doesn’t always look that way.

Drug addiction has no prejudice. It doesn’t matter what social status one has, what race they are, nothing - it affects everyone and anyone. Addiction can happen just like that or it can take months or even years to develop. Often making it harder to see in loved ones.

More severe drug and substance addiction situations can be easier to spot, but those who have an issue to a lesser degree are more subtle and difficult to detect. Thankfully, there are ways to recognize abuse, even in the most elusive addicts.

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