Drug abuse also represents a role in many important social problems, such as driving under the influence of drugs, violence, stress and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime, missing work and trouble keeping a job. It damages the fetus and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best, start with the prevention of abuse.

Addiction is defined as a chronic relapsing brain, characterized by the compulsive seeking and drug use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain change its structure and how it works. These changes can last a long time and lead to harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drogas.La addiction is similar to other illnesses such as heart disease. Both disrupt the normal, healthy functioning of the underlying organ, have serious harmful consequences, are preventable, treatable and, if untreated, can last a lifetime.

Addiction is similar to other illnesses such as heart disease. Both disrupt the normal, healthy functioning of the underlying organ, have serious harmful consequences, are preventable, treatable and, if untreated, can last a lifetime.

Why do people take drugs?
In general, people begin to use drugs for different reasons:

To feel good. Most abused drugs produce intense feelings of pleasure. This initial sensation of euphoria is followed by other effects, which differ by type of drug used. For example, with stimulants such as cocaine, the “high” is followed by feelings of power, self-confidence and increased energy. In contrast, the euphoria caused by opiates such as heroin is followed by feelings of relaxation and satisfaction.

To feel better. Some people who suffer from social anxiety, stress related disorders and depression begin abusing drugs in an attempt to lessen feelings of distress. Stress can play an important role in determining if someone starts or continues to abuse drugs and relapse in patients who are recovering from addiction.

To do better. The need that some people have to improve their athletic or cognitive performance chemicals may play a similar role in initial experimentation and continued abuse of the drug.

Curiosity and “because others do.” In this respect adolescents are particularly vulnerable due to the strong influence of pressure on them from friends and colleagues. It is more likely, for example, to engage in behaviors daring or of defiance.

What is drug addiction?

Drug addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, often relapsing, characterized by search and compulsive drug use despite harmful consequences for the addict and those around him. Drug addiction is considered a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and functioning of the brain. While it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect self-control and the user’s ability to take sound decisions, while sending intense impulses to use drugs.

Because of these changes in the brain is very difficult for the addict to achieve stop abusing drugs. Fortunately there are treatments that help counteract the destructive power of addiction and regain control. Research shows that for most patients the best method of ensuring success is a combination of drugs to treat addiction, when available, with behavioral therapy. You can achieve a sustained recovery and a life without substance abuse using approaches designed specifically to address the drug abuse pattern specific to each patient together with any medical, psychiatric or social concurrently.

Like many other chronic, relapsing diseases such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease, drug addiction can be treated successfully. Similar to other chronic diseases, relapse is common and has the addict start using drugs again. These recurrences, however, does not mean failure. Rather they are a sign to be reinstated or adjusted to treatment or alternative treatment is necessary for the person to regain control and recover.

What happens to your brain when you take drugs?

Drugs are chemicals that infiltrate the brain’s communication system by interrupting the sending, receiving and processing of information between the normal nerve cells. There are at least two ways that drugs can do this: 1) mimicking the brain’s natural chemical messengers, or 2) overstimulation the “reward circuit” of the brain.

Some drugs, like marijuana and heroin, have a structure similar to that of certain chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, the brain produces naturally. Because of this similarity, these types of drugs can “fool” the brain’s receptors and activate nerve cells to send abnormal messages.



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