What is drug addiction?

The disease of addiction has an impact on both behaviour and the brain.

Can drug addiction be treated?

Yes, but it’s not that easy. People cannot just quit using drugs for a few days and be cured because addiction is a chronic disease. To completely stop using and rebuild their life, the majority of people require long-term or ongoing assistance.

Withdrawal. During the detoxification process, medications and technologies might help to reduce withdrawal symptoms. The process of detox centers is just the first step; it is not “therapy” in and of itself.

How are drugs and equipment utilised in the treatment of drug addiction?

To treat co-occurring problems, prevent relapse, and manage withdrawal symptoms, medications and technologies are available.

Preventing relapse. Patients can utilise drugs to assist restore normal brain function and lessen cravings. Addiction to opioids (including heroin and prescription painkillers), cigarettes (including nicotine), and alcohol can all be treated with medications. To treat stimulant (cocaine, methamphetamine) and cannabis (marijuana) addiction, researchers are creating new drugs.