Drug addiction is classified as a physical or psychological dependence on a drug. It can be both. Addiction can occur with drugs as common as aspirin or as insidious as amphetamines, cocaine or heroin. Some people are genetically wired for addiction, while others need several exposures to a substance to become addicted.
Very few substances are considered non-addictive, because psychological dependency can occur at any time. For some people, is a way of life that will never stop. For others, they have the potential of quitting at any time.
Psychological dependency occurs when the user becomes emotionally attached to the substance. Without it, they may feel strong “comfort cravings”, which do not alleviate any pains and provide little, if any physical pleasure.
Physical dependency, on the other hand, happens when the body itself becomes dependent on the drug. After habitual use, body systems become dependent on the drug being in the person’s system in order to function correctly. The brain changes its’ chemical balance to the point that an abrupt stop of the drug use can cause severe discomfort or even death.
Narcotics are among the most widely abused drug today, bringing with their use both physical and psychological dependencies. Used to create extra endorphins, narcotic creates an effect of dependence because, after habitual use, the body no longer produces enough dopamine to satisfy the user’s comfort.
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Effects Of Drugs
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What Causes Drug Addiction Or Other Substance Abuse
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