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DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by kevinkimers, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. kevinkimers

    kevinkimers Community Champion

    For those who have never had an addiction but know of people who do, here is an article I found that talks about drug abuse and addiction. This article gives you a bit of an idea of the addiction so that you can understand the addictions. It is not 100% but it is very good information.

    Here is small bit of what the article is about.
    "Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives." National Institute on Drug Abuse 2012.

    Here is a link to the full article.
  2. funpost

    funpost Member

    After witnessing one of my relatives go insane, family members and I searched hard for the info about drug addiction. We think we've learned enough from several sources including friends, physicians, and internet to understand his problems. The addict himself also understands damages being done to his body and mind. We've been trying hard to help him walk out of the vicious cycle, but he seems just not to cooperate.
  3. ProShell

    ProShell Member

    Thanks for sharing that article, it's really important for people to get an accurate idea of the situation while they are trying to help themselves or others.

    For someone who has family or is themselves addicted, this is going to be a real asset.
  4. globulon

    globulon Member

    Thank you for sharing this article. Empathizing with others in different circumstances may be easy to say, but very difficult to actually accomplish. This article has certainly increased my understanding of what people with drug addictions go through.
  5. LitoLawless

    LitoLawless Senior Contributor

    Thank you for sharing this information. I'm sure that there are a lot of people out that who weren't aware of some of these things (I know I wasn't). Hopefully, it will benefit people like it has benefited me.