Drug Addiction is a Disease

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People under-estimate the severe impact drugs can have on their lives, because becoming addicted to drugs can happen so fast, and people can lose so much. Drug addiction destroys individuals and families every day. Addiction is a disease and it can be equivalent to cancer. This disease is cunning and baffling. The disease creeps up and causes the addict to self-destruct. Some addicts do not realize the damage that was cause to their families and love ones, due to their active addiction until it was too late.

However, recovery is possible being willing to do whatever it takes to have a better quality of life is the key. Recovering addicts must strive every day to stay clean and accept responsibilities for their actions. Taking these steps over time an addict's life will become manageable and things will be in a better perspective.

ProgressionSome people use drugs because of different circumstances in their life.

A number of causes for drug use can be peer pressure, depression, suppress feelings and not wanting to face reality. A person first starts using drugs for recreational use. Then the disease starts to progress where the person is using more every day. Suddenly, the person is addicted and this person is now an addict. This disease progresses like cancer, slowly attacking the addicts' mind, health, living style, and family.

Addictive BehaviorsAddicts make unhealthy decisions while under the influence of drugs. Children are neglected and unattended, due to a person's addictive behavior while using drugs. A person on drugs places them self in dangerous situations and at the risk of being incarcerated. Addicts lie, cheat and steal from family members and friends. An addict has to support a bad habit mostly by breaking the law, illegal activities, as selling drugs, stealing from stores, prostitution, and robberies. These...