What is drug use?
Drug and alcohol abuse does not majorly disrupt a person’s life. This does not mean that substance abuse is okay. Besides the legal implications associated with it, drug and alcohol abuse causes real damage to the body, mind, and spirit.
What Is drug addiction?
Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. It affects the brain, affecting self control, decision making, and ability to resist the urge to take drugs because of this, it is considered a “relapsing” disease. People in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug. It’s common for a person to relapse, but relapse doesn’t mean that treatment doesn’t work!
Can drug addiction be cured or prevented?
As with most other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, treatment for drug addiction generally isn’t a cure. However, addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed.
More good news is that drug use and addiction are preventable. Teachers, parents, and health care providers have crucial roles in educating young people and preventing drug use and addiction.
NIDA. 2018, June 6. Understanding Drug Use and Addiction Drug Facts. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction on 2021, March 5
Bradford Health Services. Substance Abuse vs Addiction?. Retrieved from https://bradfordhealth.com/substance-abuse-vs-addiction/