WHAT IS DRUG ADDICTION?

Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs.

What is Drug Abuse Awareness?

Drug abuse awareness is an understanding of what exactly substance abuse is, what substance abuse does, what the risks are, how substance abuse can lead to the development of an addiction, how to recognize warning signs of addiction, what kinds of consequences addiction can have, and what to do and how to help if a friend or a family member has an addiction.

Substance Abuse
What is Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is when you take drugs that are not legal. It’s also when you use alcohol, prescription medicine, and other legal substances too much or in the wrong way.

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Social Consequences
Social Consequences of Using Drugs

Using drugs can cost you your friends and force you to give up the activities you enjoy. Learn what some of these consequences could be.

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Health Consequences
Health Consequences of Drug Misuse

Drug use can have a wide range of short and long-term effects. These effects often depend on the specific drug, how they are taken, how much is taken...

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Causes and Effects of Substance Abuse
Causes and Effects of Substance Abuse

There are many reasons why a person may turn to the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. Genetic & Environmental...

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Identifying Signs of Addiction
Identifying Signs of Addiction

Recognizing an addiction problem is someone you know can be harder than it seems. General signs of addiction are...

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Substance Abuse Resources
Substance Abuse Resources

We might not have all the answers, but we know others who do and are better equipped for the situation.

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