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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?

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 is 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 a 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, a 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 with a 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 a 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 a 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 which 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 which 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 reality and perceptions. They are usually used as an 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.

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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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