What is Drug Addiction?

  • Drug addiction is the psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, or other substance despite its harmful consequences. Many will not admit to struggling with a drug addiction for holding dear to the claims of being able to stop whenever they want, or because they do not fit the description of the "drug addict" stereotype. Addictive behavior occurs, however, whenever a person intently focuses on opportunities to use drugs or alcohol at the expense of perfectly appropriate activities. For example, skipping class to smoke, or consuming edibles to cope, are signs that a chemical dependency is present.

    A common misconception is that prescription drugs are safer to misuse than “street” drugs because they are legal, in context. This could not be farther from the truth. The truth is, prescription pills can be just as addictive and dangerous as other drugs. According to the CDC, the chances of overdosing on prescription pills are actually higher, especially when taken with other drugs and/or alcohol.*

    Fortunately, drug use, misuse, and addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed. Effective interventions include counseling, outpatient therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, and many other treatment options for qualifying families. Ultimately, it is the strong partnership between all commodities that will yield the greatest impact on student recovery and achievement. We look forward to partnering with you!

    *Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

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