1. What drugs can someone become addicted to? A person can become addicted to a wide array of drugs. These include nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, MDMA, PCP, DMX, prescription drugs and more. A person can be addicted to more than one drug at a time and seeking treatment is the best positive action to take.
2. How often does someone that has drug addiction use? This question has variable answers. In some cases a person can have an addictive personality but not use drugs everyday. In the case of drugs such as heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and cocaine, drug use can often escalate to daily or almost daily use quicky.
3. What is drug addiction? Drug addiction is a very complex disease that is often chronic and affects the brain and body. Individuals that suffer from drug addiction feel an intense need or craving for more drugs in some cases while they are already using they need more. Drug addiction can be treated usually through a combination of therapies and in some cases detox and medication.
4. What is detox and when is it needed? Detoxification is the process that rids the body of all toxins that have been accumulated over time because of extensive drug use. Detox helps stabilize individuals and get them ready for a treatment program. Detox can be physically and emotionally painful as the body is addicted to the drugs. In some cases medication is used to help the process.
5. What are signs of drug addiction? A person that is suffering from drug addiction can have many faces - some people are functional drug addicts but over time they will be less and less able to keep up appearances often looking for something “harder”. Negative consequences include change in behavior and mood, job loss, family problems, physical ailments, stealing, and/or lying. Jail, DUIs, arrests and even death are sometimes consequences.
6. How do you tell if someone is addicted to drugs? A person that cannot stop taking drugs even though they can see that his or her life is being affected negatively is probably addicted to drugs. If you have known the person for a long time and know they have been using and you can sense a change in behavior it’s possible they are suffering from drug addiction.
7. How long does it take to become a drug addict? There is no exact time that it takes for a person to become a drug addict. In some cases a person is predisposed to having an addictive personality based on genetics and just using drugs for the first time is enough to ignite his or her addiction. In other cases it can take months or even years.
8. Are some people more likely to become addicted to drugs? Yes, the short answer is some people are more likely to become addicted to drugs just based on their brain chemistry alone. Some of this can be related to genetics as well as an individual’s personality. Studies have shown children with lower impulse control when they are young may be more susceptible to drug addiction.
9. What is treatment for drug addiction? There are many types of treatment for drug addiction. Some people are able to quit using drugs just with the help of a 12-step program such as Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous. Other treatment options include inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, psychotherapy, holistic therapies, aftercare and sober living.
10. How do you start getting help? Reach out, to anyone at first. Your friends, your family, your doctor...even an Anonymous meeting. Many addiction treatment facilities also offer free, confidential phone consultations to help you understand how to start getting your life back on track. You don’t have to suffer alone - help is waiting.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.