What is drug addiction?
While the initial decision to take the medication is voluntary, the brain changes over time until you lose control over the intake of the medication.
Things That Happen When You Take Drugs
Drugs contain chemicals that tap into the communication system of your brain thus disrupting the way that your nerve cells send, receive, and process information. The drugs bring about the disruption by imitating the natural chemical messengers in the brain. The drugs also bring about the disruption by over stimulating the “reward circuit” of the brain.
Research studies have shown that a number of drugs such as heroin and marijuana have structures that are almost similar to neurotransmitters produced in the brain. The similarity “fools” the brain receptors thus activate the nerve cells and send abnormal messages.
Other drugs such as cocaine provoke the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters. The drugs also prevent normal recycling of brain chemicals.
Why Some People Get Addicted While Others Don’t
Did you know that some people get addicted to drugs while others don’t? The reason for this is because the risk for addiction is determined by a combination of many factors such as biology, age, social environment, and stage of development. For example, there are some people that have genes that are at a greater risk for addiction in the event the person takes drugs.
How to Get Out Of Drug Addition
While it’s very easy to start taking drugs, it’s usually challenging to get out of drug addiction. The cool thing is that you can get out of it if you are willing to do it and you have the right people by your side.
There are two ways in which you can get out of drug addiction: through medication and through behavioral therapy. When it comes to medication, you are given different types of medication depending on the drug that you are addicted to. For example, if you are addicted to Opioids you are given methadone or burprenorphine.
Behavioral therapy is where you interact with your therapist and the therapist takes you through a series of trainings that help you in changing your attitude towards drugs.
This is what you need to know about drug addiction. To avoid the trouble that comes with addition, always prevent yourself from taking the drugs. For example, if you come across friends who take drugs, stay away from them.