Drug addiction is defined as a physical and / or psychological dependency on a substance, and is characterised by an uncontrolled urge to take that substance. If you need to take increasingly large amounts of a drug for the withdrawal symptoms to disappear, or require more of the drug to achieve the desired affect each time you use it then you have a drug addiction.
Drug addiction can take on many forms. Addiction to illegal drugs such as heroine or cocaine is well publicised, but people can also become addicted to prescription drugs such as painkillers or even off-the-shelf medicines like cough mixtures.
Recognising that you are no longer in control and that you have a problem with a drug is the first step towards recovery. Seeking help through your GP is highly recommended. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take so you can overcome your drug addiction.
There are many different types of treatment available for drug addiction. These range through from detox procedures and medication to handle withdrawal, to psychological and behavioural therapies. The individual and the type of drug being used will determine what specific treatments will be followed in each case.
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