Drug addiction is an ongoing, recurrent, progressive and often fatal disorder characterized by compulsive abuse of drugs, despite knowledge of the harmful consequences.
Unlike simple bad habits, drug addictions have serious consequences. They have a negative impact on the personal lives of the individual, their families and other people. It includes health, financial well-being and relationships. It often leads to arrest and prosecution. It may even end in tragedy.
Addicts are not weaklings or bad people. They turn to drugs due to a very complex variety of reasons and they are simply not equiped to deal with those underlying causes. The things they do whilst in the grip of addiction, are also not indicative of their nature – it is a result of the addiction.
Addicts cannot control their addictions. They would rather adjust their lives to enable them to continue with the drug abuse. It becomes the centre point of their lives. If they suddenly stop using a drug, they suffer severe physical withdrawal symptoms, as well as anxiety problems and a return to using the drug.
Detoxification enables the addict to overcome the severe discomfort of withdrawing from an addicitive drug.
Effective professional therapy deals with the underlying issues that caused the person to turn to drugs in the first place. It also fortifies the person to maintain future, long term freedom from drugs.