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. Drugs affect health, financial well-being and relationships. They often lead to arrest and prosecution.
Addicts are not weak or bad people. They turn to drugs for a variety of reasons and they are simply not equipped to deal with triggers. The things they do whilst in the grip of addiction are also not indicative of their nature – their behaviour is a result of the addiction.
Addicts cannot control their addictions. In many circumstances, they would rather adjust their lives to enable them to continue with the substance use. 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 return to using the drug.
Detoxification enables the patient to overcome the severe discomfort of withdrawing from an addictive drug substance and begin their journey into recovery.
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.