Frequently Asked Questions about Addiction

Most people mistakenly believe that drug addicts have a choice. Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a future. Or choose not to choose life. Choose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons.  However, Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUD) can very seldom simply choose to change their habits through sheer force of willpower – at least not without a lot of help from family, friends, and healthcare providers. Didn’t know that? Learn more about the most frequently asked questions about addiction here at Discount Medical Supplies.

Frequently Asked Questions about Addiction

1.What is addiction?

Addiction is a dependence on a drug or substance, whether legal (alcohol, prescription opioid painkillers) or illegal. PWUDs cannot control their use/misuse/abuse of that drug or substance, to the point that they continue to take it in spite of the damage it causes them.

2.What causes addiction?

·         Environmental factors such as family beliefs and attitudes, or peer pressure.

·         Genetic factors.

3.What are the symptoms of addiction?

·         Feeling like you need drugs on a regular basis; e.g., daily or even several times a day.

·         Having intense drug cravings.

·         Needing more of the drug to get the same effect (known as the Mr. Brownstone effect).

·         Keeping a stash of the drug

·         Spending more money than you have on the drug.

·         Failing to meet work obligations and responsibilities, or avoiding social or recreational activities because of drug use.

·         Doing things you are otherwise morally against, like prostituting yourself for drugs.

·         Driving or doing other risky activities under the influence of drugs.

·         Increasingly devoting more time and energy on getting and using drugs.

·         Trying and failing to stop using the drugs.

·         Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop taking drugs.

4.What are the signs of addiction in others?

·         Problems at work or school.

·         Physical health problems.

·         Neglected appearance.

·         Behavior changes.

·         Financial issues.

5.What are the risk factors for addiction?

·         Family history.

·         Men are more likely to have drug problems than women.

·         The progression of addictive disorders is known to be faster in women.

·         Depression.

·         ADHD.

·         Post-traumatic stress disorder.

·         Anxiety.

·         Loneliness.

·         Divorce/breakup.

·         Loss of a loved one.

·         Family difficulties.

·         Lack of parental supervision.

6.What are the complications of addiction?

·         Accidents.

·         Suicide.

·         Family issues.

·         Problems at work or school.

·         Problems with the law.

·         Fiduciary issues.

7.How is addiction diagnosed?

Meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for substance use disorder.

8.How is addiction treated?

·         Detoxification.

·         Counseling.

·         Support groups.

·         Therapy.

9.How can addiction be prevented in children and teenagers?

·         Communication.

·         Leading by example.

·         Strengthening familial relationships.

10.How can a relapse be prevented?

·         Adhering to a treatment plan.

·         Avoiding high-risk situations.

·         Getting help immediately after using the dug again.


Of course, the best way to prevent addiction is not try illegal drugs at all. And only use prescription drugs exactly as prescribed by your doctor. And whenever applicable, researching other alternatives. For instance, instead of taking opioids for chronic pain, ask your healthcare provider about drug-free rehab products and pain management supplies such as TENS units – which are widely available at Discount Medical Supplies.

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