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What Is Drug Addiction?

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Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person's self-control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time create an intense impulse to take drugs.

It is because of these changes in the brain that it is so challenging for a person who is addicted to stop abusing drugs. Fortunately, there is drug addiction treatment that help people to counteract addiction's powerful disruptive effects and regain control. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, if available, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient's drug abuse patterns and any concurrent medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drugs.

As with other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed effectively. Yet, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse does not signal failure; rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted, or that alternate treatment is needed to help the person regain control and recover.

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Drug Addiction Symptoms

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Probably the most simply answer to this question is, if the person continues to use drugs or seek drugs compulsively in spite of negative consequences, he or she is probably addicted.If they continue their drug-seeking behavior despite of having family or relationship conflicts, financial difficulty, employment problems, health consequences or problems with law enforcement, chances are the person's drug use has advanced to the addiction stage.Family members or friends may notice changes in the appearance and behavior of a drug addict:

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Am i an addict?

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Perhaps you admit you have a problem with drugs, but you don’t consider yourself an addict. All of us have preconceived ideas about what an addict is. There is nothing shameful about being an addict once you begin to take positive action. If you can identify with our problems, you may be able to identify with our solution. The following questions were written by recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous. If you have doubts about whether or not you’re an addict, take a few moments to read the questions below and answer them as honestly as you can.

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Yaba - The most abused drug in Bangladesh

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Yaba addiction can have a highly detrimental impact on mental health. Even short term use can lead to episodes of acute paranoia, anxiety, and turmoil. Use of this drug can cause even normally placid individuals to become aggressive and violent. Hallucinations are common with this drug and people can behave dangerously because of this. The consequences of yaba addiction can be severe. There are several physical and psychological effects of YABA addiction.

The physical effects of yaba can include:

Yaba that is present in a mother's bloodstream can pass through the placenta to a fetus and is or be secreted into breast milk. Infants born to yaba-abusing mothers were found to have a significantly smaller gestational age-adjusted head circumference and birth weight measurements. Yaba exposure was also associated with neonatal withdrawal symptoms of agitation, vomiting and tachypnea. This withdrawal syndrome is relatively mild and only requires medical intervention in approximately 4% of cases.

The psychological effects of yaba can include

Yaba abuse also has a high association with anxiety, depression, yaba psychosis, suicide, and violent behaviors.

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Alcohol Effects

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Alcohol addiction is a psychiatric diagnosis describing the recurring use of alcohol despite its negative consequences. Alcohol addiction is sometimes referred to by the less specific term alcoholism. However, many definitions of alcoholism exist, and only some are compatible with alcohol abuse. There are two types of alcoholics: those who have anti-social and pleasure- seeking tendencies and those who are anxiety-ridden people who are able to go without drinking for long periods of time but are unable to control themselves once they start.

Alcohol's Effects on the Body

Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health. Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Brain:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior that makes it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Heart:

Drinking alcohol a lot over a long time or even too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

Liver:

Heavy drinking affects the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems like liver inflammations including:

Pancreas:

Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Cancer:

Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

Immune System:

Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

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Heroin Addiction Symptoms and Effects

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Heroin is a drug that makes "downer" effect which rapidly induces a state of relaxation and euphoria (related to chemical changes in the pleasure centers of the brain), heroin abuse blocks the brain's ability to perceive pain. Heroin abusers, particularly those with prior history of drug abuse, may initially be able to conceal signs and symptoms of their heroin use.

Family, loved ones or co-workers may notice a few signs of heroin abuse, which are visible during and after heroin consumption:

More definitive warning signs of heroin addiction include possession of paraphernalia used to prepare or consume heroin:

Behavioral signs of heroin addiction include:

Abusers build tolerance to heroin, that leads to frequent increases in heroin consumption. With the tolerance growing, more physical symptoms of heroin addiction emerges.

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Marijuana Addiction Symptoms and Effects

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Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in Bangladesh. Marijuana is a dry, shredded mix of the flowers, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant cannabis sativa. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour odor. Behavioral changes that may be symptoms of marijuana addiction include:

Additionally, several other signs of marijuana addiction are frequently visible in abusers:

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