(PDF) [Drug and Alcohol Addiction]

Drug and Alcohol AddictionDrug and Alcohol Addiction Preventing Drug Use and Abuse The Facts A Basic Introduction The Perfect Introduction to the Subject of Drug Abuse for Nurses Care Workers Social Workers and Youth Workers 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 uitting takes than good intentions or a strong will In fact because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse uitting is difficult ven FOR THOSE WHO ARE READY TO DO SO THROUGH those who are ready to do so Through advances we know about how drugs work in the brain than ver and we also know tha. Ompulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful conseuences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs Fortunately treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive ffects Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to nsure success for most patients Treatment approaches that are tailored to ach patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co occurring medical psychiatric and social problems can lead sustained recovery and a life without drug problems can lead to recovery and a life without drug T drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives Drug abuse and addiction have negative conseuences for individuals and for society Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States including productivity and health and crime related costs xceed 600 billion annually This includes approximately 193 billion for illicit drugs1 193 billion for tobacco2 and 235 billion for alcohol3 As staggering as these numbers are they do not fully describe the breadth of destructive public and safety implications drug abuse and addiction such as family disintegration loss of EMPLOYMENT FAILURE IN SCHOOL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE failure in school domestic violence child abuse Addiction is a chronic often relapsing brain disease that causes