Does Drug Use Equal Addiction?

Amicus House is a treatment center offering a program that includes inpatient and outpatient care for those addicted to drugs and unable to stop on their own.

Some people are able to experiment with recreational or prescription drugs and fail to experience any consequences or suffer any addiction problems. 

However, there are others who, following experimentation with drugs, find themselves suffering from accelerated use and the subsequent mental, physical and social problems associated with drug addiction.  The abuse of drugs often leads to problems at work, in the home, at school and with family/friend/work relationships.  It can also lead the user to feelings of isolation, helplessness and shame.

Understanding drug use itself can help the family of a potential abuser get the help they may need.  By recognizing the driving forces and accompanying symptoms associated with drug abuse, the side effects of accelerated addiction, including a dangerous harm to the addict’s health and their potential death due to drug overdose may be averted.  By recognizing how addiction develops, what it looks like and why it can have such a powerful hold on a young person’s life, one can make an educated decision about seeking professional help.  The direct consequences of drug use may provide the most accurate measurement as to whether too much is being consumed.  When problems appear in school, at work, in the home or with significant relationships; there is likely a drug abuse/addiction problem.  Problems associated with a lack of ambition, isolation, consistent failure to attend work or school, and aggressive anger or physically acting out are a few of the more obvious behavioral symptoms.

There are many diverse factors which can lead one user to addiction; while another is able to walk away.  A family history of addiction becomes a risk factor for a teen or young adult to abuse and become addicted.  Often times, those suffering from abuse, neglect or other trauma in childhood resort to drugs as a means of medicating against the emotions accompanying these experiences.  Mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD and others can lead to an escape with drugs.  An early use of drugs in a child or teen often leads to accelerated use as a young adult or adult male or female.  Whether one smokes or injects a drug may also lead to an increase in its addictive hold.

Those who experiment with drugs often continue to use them, either because the drug makes them feel better or it mitigates bad feelings.  As there is a fine line between regular use and drug abuse/addiction, many users fail to recognize when they are over that line.  Greater frequency and consumption of more harmful drugs can be an indicator of addiction problems.

Addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. While each drug produces different physical effects, all abusive substances share one thing in common: repeated use can alter the way the brain looks and functions and impacts the overall health of the user.  Drug use may start as a joint with a friend on the weekend, taking ecstasy at a rave, or using cocaine occasionally at a party.  However, it can easily change to using drugs a couple of days a week and develop into everyday use.  The mental and physical health of the abuser declines, as the use and amount of drugs accelerates.

The good news is that there is treatment and support available for the young person who has become a captive of drug abuse and addiction.  Amicus House is a treatment center offering a program that includes inpatient and outpatient care for those addicted to drugs and unable to stop on their own.  Once the problem has been recognized; professional help is a phone call away.

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