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Transcript of Addiction Cycle
Users become so dependent on the feeling of well-being they obtain from the drug that they feel compelled to keep using it.
When deprived of the drug the person becomes restless, irritable, and uneasy
The body becomes so used to the drug that the drugged state becomes the body's "normal" state.
If the drug is not in the body, the person experiences extreme physical discomfort, as he would if he were deprived of oxygen or water.
Dependence causes a psychological need of the drug.
Addiction causes a physical need.
Once a person is addicted he/she develops TOLERANCE: the body becomes so accustomed to the drug an increase of the dose is needed every time in order to get the same "high" as in the beginning.
Addicts need the drug to retain what little physical and psychological balance they have. Or they go into withdrawal.
State of physical and psychological upset during which the body and the mind revolt against and finally get used to the absence of the drug.
Symptoms range from a mild case of nausea and "the shakes", to hallucinations, convulsions, coma, and death.