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Drug addiction is the dependence on an illegal substance or medication.
Intresting facts
Heroin was first invented in Germany in the late 1800's and thought to be a cure for morphine addiction.
heroin. The scientists who invented it and used it said it made them feel heroic, thus, the name heroin.
An estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs.
More teens die from prescription drugs than heroin/cocaine combined.
Sadly, nearly two-thirds of people in drug abuse treatment report that they were physically or sexually abused as children.
Statistics show that drug abuse and drug addiction cost Americans over $484 billion annually.
Stages to drug addiction
1. Substance use
Mood swings, depression, anger, aggression, violence
Choosing drug use over all else, giving up previously enjoyed activities
Unusual behavior
Change in responsiveness
Confusion, sleepiness, coma
Frequent blackouts
Abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea
Infertility, sexual dysfunction
Heart, lung and other organ damage

Crack, the most compelling form of cocaine, is also the riskiest. It is between 75% and 100% pure, far stronger and more potent than regular cocaine.
The impact on the family
Families where addiction is present are usually painful to live in.
can put family members under unusual stress
the loss of loved ones encase of overdoes
The drug user and family members may deny reality in their attempt to maintain a family order
Guilt and anger can also affect the sober partner
Parents are filled with guilt and anger when discovering a child of theirs is taking drugs
Most addicts cant quit on their own and that's the reason why there are many places an addict can turn to when they are ready to face reality and be sober again
Psychological Causes
A mental illness such as depression
Inability to connect with others, lack of friends
Poor performance at work or school
Poor stress coping skills
Environmental Causes
Unstable home environment, often due to drug abuse or mental illness of the parent
Use of drugs by friends / peers
Behavioral problems combined with poor parenting
Availability of drugs from friends
Participation in a sport where drugs are encouraged
Genetic Causes
If a parent has a drug addiction, the child had an 8 times greater chance of developing an addiction.
Addiction is due 50 percent to genetic predisposition
If one of the identical twins is an addict the other twin is most likely to one be as well.
50-60% of addiction is due to genetic factors.
The other 50 is due to poor coping skills.
Loss of appetite
Increased heart rate, BP, body temperature
Dilated pupils
Disturbed sleep patterns
Bizarre, sometimes violent behavior
Hallucinations, irritability
Hallucination that creates the illusion of bugs burrowing under the skin
Intense euphoria
Anxiety and paranoia
Intense drug craving
Seizures and sudden death from high doses (even one time)
Permanent damage to blood vessels of ear and brain, high blood pressure, leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
Liver, kidney and lung damage
Severe chest pains
Respiratory failure
Malnutrition, weight loss
Sexual problems, reproductive damage and infertility
Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
Irritability and mood disturbances
Increased frequency of risky behavior
Delirium or psychosis
Severe depression
Tolerance and addiction (even after just one use)
Psychotherapy, which helps patients learn how to resist and redirect compulsions.
Support groups
Individual counseling
“I lived with a crack addict for nearly a year. I loved that addict, who was my boyfriend, with all my heart but I couldn’t stick [with] it anymore.

“The police stopped and searched me; we were raided at 6:00 A.M. My ex stole incessantly and couldn’t tear himself away from his pipe.

“I think crack is more evil than heroin—one pipe can be all it takes to turn you into an immoral monster.” —Audrey
VisionQuest Recovery Society
#202 - 15388 24 Avenue,Surrey, British Columbia,
Canada V4A 2J2
Phone: 604-637-6356
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
breaking the chains of addiction
5061 12th Avenue in Tsawwassen, BC V4M 2A7
However; This self-medication becomes a cause of drug addiction
all these factors lead to psychological problems, which people attempt to "self-medicate to help them cope with everyday tasks.
consumption of low or infrequent doses of the drug
2. Substance abuse
excessive use of drug
3. dependence
the state of relying or being controlled by something
4. Addiction
physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance
By: Sounedouce & Paul
Children who discover a parent is on drugs have to grow up fast, taking on the role of the parent.
Even children feel responsible for the parent's problem,
according to Therapists They can hardly relax, and feel they have to be home with the parent or something horrible will happen.
Children of addicts may suffer lifelong damage if they don't get outside support or professional help.
Guilt and anger
The spouse of a drug addict undergoes tremendous emotional burdens, especially if that spouse has children.
the unbearable weight of trying to deal with the addict, along with the challenge and obligation of taking care of the children.
Having to support the addict financially and mentally
the sober partner could feel they may be responsible in some way or should have known something in order to prevent the addiction.
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