Recognizing a Drug Addiction
Drug addiction substance-related disorders are a festering sore that affects all areas and sectors of society. It does not discriminate according to age, sex, race, religion or financial status. No one ever starts using drugs with the intention of becoming hooked and developing a drug addiction substance-related disorder. Young people don't experiment with drugs so that they can purposely ruin their lives and the lives of all those around them. It has been shown that boredom is a major factor in experimental use, as well as the individual’s perception that certain substances are not dangerous or toxic.
Yet, alcohol and addictive drugs are basically painkillers. They chemically kill physical or emotional pain and alter the mind's perception of reality. They literally make people numb.
The scientific community has been debating for several years now on whether or not a person is genetically predisposed to drug addiction substance-related disorders. Some consider it a "disease," an inherited condition that renders the individual ill genetically for the remainder of his life, even after many years of sobriety.