Drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or a medication. When you're addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can't do it on their own. For many people, what starts as casual use leads to drug addiction? Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment and the law. You may need help from your doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organized treatment program to overcome your drug addiction and stay drug-free.

Symptoms and Behaviors of drug addiction:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can't afford it
  • Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn't do, such as stealing
  • Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you're under the influence of the drug
  • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug

How to recognize drug abuse in teenagers:

  • Changes in Behavior
  • Problems in school
  • Physical health issues
  • Neglected appearance
  • Money Spending
  • Steals
  • Decreased coordination

Complications of Using Drugs:

  • Suicide
  • Death
  • Getting a communicable disease
  • Coma or Unconsciousness
  • Health problems
  • Financial problems
  • Family, Work, and Legal issues

How to Cope and Beat Your addiction and dependency on drugs:

  • See a therapist
  • Join a support group
  • Seek treatment if you have a mental health disorder

Drug addiction hotlines:

  • Drug and Alcohol Resource Center: 1-800-784-6776
  • Drug Rehabs: 1-866-762-3712
  • Recovery Connection: 1-800-511-9225
  • Addiction Helpline: 1-877-235-0400
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: 1-800-662-HELP Ext: (4357)
  • Drug Abuse and Alcohol Hotline: 1-800-553-7160
  • Teen Help Inc. :1-800-400-0900
  • Students Against Drugs and Alcohol: 1-800-782-4062