Drug Addiction

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a substance, despite its negative or dangerous effects. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at drug addiction.

Dr. Hill:

People use illegal drugs because they like the way they make them feel. They activate the brains pleasure circuits. Your brain starts to crave these drugs to give you that pleasurable effect. This powerful urge to take these drugs can have a dramatic effect on your behavior. It becomes something you have little control over. When you become addicted to these drugs, you stop caring about the severe consequences.

People can become addicted to both illegal drugs and prescribed drugs. Commonly abused illegal drugs include marijuana, hallucinogens (PCP or LSD), methamphetamine (speed, crank, crystal meth), cocaine, crack, and heroin. People can also become addicted to things not commonly considered drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco.

You have an addiction problem if you keep craving and using a drug even if its causing trouble for you. The trouble may be with your health, money, work, school, or relationships with family or friends. If you have an addiction, seek help. You cant beat it alone.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.