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Drug Addiction

Are you currently abusing drugs and concerned about the likelihood of developing a drug addiction? Maybe you’re already becoming reliant on prescription drugs? Or maybe you’ve been living with a chronic drug addiction for some time, fuelled by underlying mental health issues? Enquire Now
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All of the above scenarios are common in today’s society. A large proportion of individuals do abuse drugs, for their social and escapism characteristics.

Other individuals do unfortunately have a dependence on prescription medications, where common doses no longer do the trick. Whereas other individuals have been using illicit drugs for some time, to combat the daily pressures in our world.

If you’re currently abusing drugs or believe that you’re developing an addiction, of any degree, it is important to understand the dangers of this behavioural habit, along with a way out.

Once the cycle of addiction begins, it can be difficult to acknowledge a problem and source support. Yet, if you currently feel ready to do so, contact our team here at Addiction Advocates. We specialise in referrals for addiction treatment and rehab programmes.

Whatever your experience with substance abuse, we can help you work through and diminish your drug addiction.

The difference between substance abuse and drug addiction

Before starting any form of addiction treatment, it is important that the severity of a relationship with drugs is gauged. This information is essential, ensuring that the right type and level of addiction treatment are readily available and implemented through rehab.

Some individuals, as touched on above will experience drug abuse. Although to the onlooker, this may be categorised as drug addiction, it actually isn’t.

A substance use disorder is where commonly, standalone physical side effects are experienced, linked to drug abuse. With this in mind, the degree of treatment required to promote sobriety is much less than addiction recovery efforts. However, it is important to note that drug abuse is still serious and can take some work to diminish.

For those who experience a greater connection to drugs, where psychological side effects are experienced, drug addiction will likely be present. This is much harder to treat as an addiction is a multifaceted illness, requiring strong psychological intervention.

In a large proportion of cases, those suffering from drug addiction will likely experience associated mental disorders, including depression and anxiety, requiring an additional level of treatment.

With this in mind, we urge all individuals to take both drug abuse and addiction seriously. However, it is important to note that varying relationships with drugs can be experienced, along with the degree of necessary addiction treatment and rehabilitation. No matter where you fall on the drug consumption spectrum, we can help you find valuable treatment options.


The signs and symptoms of a drug addiction

For drug users, especially those living with an addiction, it can be difficult to acknowledge their habit, commonly living through denial. However, it is very important that the signs and symptoms of drug addiction are understood and taken into account.

Without keeping an open mind, with the potential of already living with an addiction, a future surrounding drug abuse, mental disorders, health problems and a reduced quality of life are expected.

  • Do you struggle to reduce your drug consumption, or maybe even stop it completely?
  • Have you noticed that your drug consumption is more consistent than usual?
  • Do you rely on drugs to get you through the day?
  • Have you increased your dose of prescription drugs, beyond recommended prescriptions?
  • Has your life deteriorated in any way, coinciding with your drug consumption?
  • Have family members commented on your health or relationship with drugs?
  • Do you find it hard to envision a future without drugs?

If any of these questions resonate with you, it is likely that drug addiction could be present, under the surface. If your relationship with drugs isn’t as strong as this, it is likely that substance abuse is present. In whichever situation, sourcing treatment for drug addiction will be recommended, as soon as possible.


Commonly abused drugs

There are a large number of different drugs out there, commonly abused. However, there are a few categories that are initially favoured for their effects, yet also unknowingly identified as highly addictive, with great risk factors.



The likes of Codeine and Morphine are now commonly purchased, illegally, used as both painkillers and tranquilisers. They affect the central nervous system, commonly favoured for their relaxing impacts.



Opioid drugs are some of the most addictive substances out there. They are actually one of the hardest to withdraw from, down to their great addictive tendencies.


Prescription drugs

Although prescription drugs are recommended by medical professionals to control or ease pain, they are very addictive. Once tolerances build-up, it is likely that misuse will be experienced, which can soon lead to an addiction. Abusing a prescription drug can be as dangerous as illegal substances.



Tranquilisers are usually those prescription drugs that are unavailable to individuals, purchased illegally. They are favoured for their calming effects, both physically and mentally, usually used to suppress mental health conditions.



Hallucinogens are known for their ability to adapt to reality and perceptions. They are usually used as escapism. Yet can be highly dangerous when considering cognitive functionality if abused for the long-term.


Illicit drugs including meth, cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy

Illicit and illegal drugs are very popular in today’s world, with effortless accessibility. They are however very addictive, commonly only offer short-term effects and can result in life-threatening impacts, with a focus on health deterioration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a drug addiction?
Commonly referred to as a substance use disorder, a drug addiction is a disease that affects sufferers to the point that they are dependent on drugs and are unable to control their usage of the said drug. Drug addictions are diseases that affect both the body and mind and can cause a change in behaviour too. Often a drug addict will be that concerned with acquiring the said drugs that they will neglect personal and professional responsibilities in the pursuit of those drugs.
How to talk to someone with a drug addiction?
It is never easy to talk to someone who is struggling with a drug addiction. This feeling of unease is also reciprocal for an addict, as often addicts find it extremely difficult to talk about their addiction too. What you must first do is understand that addiction is an illness and not a personality trait or selfishness. Whilst it may seem this way, addiction is a disease that affects the brain and can affect an addicts compulsive behaviour. When someone is going through an addiction, what they need is practical and emotional support that is both caring and optimistic. You should encourage them to seek professional help and remain optimistic about how the addict can transform their lives through sobriety. You must also offer a level of emotional support too, so suggesting you may attend with them might be a really appreciated gesture.
What methods of drug addiction treatment are available?
There are a number of different treatment options available for drug addictions. Firstly there are prescription drugs that offer a safer alternative to the drug in which you are suffering an addiction to. Heroin is most notably the drug addiction whereby there are safer alternatives provided. They include Methadone, buprenorphine and Subutex. There is also psychotherapeutic treatments available too, including individual and group therapy. Typically, individual therapy will be with a counsellor who will get to the route cause of your addiction and try and help you through it. Group therapy on the other hand will be with others who are currently suffering from a drug addiction, but it will normally be led by a professional counsellor. There is also residential rehab, whereby you will attend a rehabilitation clinic and live there for a short period of time (if it is residential). You will likely undergo some of the previous treatments mentioned along with a medically assisted detox.
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How to work through a drug addiction

If you’re abusing any drug or live with a drug addiction in relation to the above substances, it is imperative that you look for professional support and treatment as soon as possible. Through our referral service here at Addiction Advocates, we can help you find the best suited and most effective treatment for drug addiction within a reputable and convenient treatment centre.

From drug detox programmes and psychological intervention, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, to personal techniques to avoid future relapses and influences, a comprehensive treatment programme can help you work through your drug addiction.

Experience both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms from drugs, while changing your future outlook on substance abuse and self-medication. Through our referral services, we can help you appreciate the value in rehabilitating, diminishing your drug addiction for the future.

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Taking the step towards recovery can be incredibly tough but we are here to put your concerns at ease by giving you insights into the safety of undertaking residential addiction treatment and how it can put you on the path towards long lasting recovery from addiction.

Our team of advisors have extensive experience and knowledge about the subject of addiction and the treatment provided so if you have any questions then they will be more than happy to help.

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