Addiction : Addiction And Addiction

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Addiction is an illness that changes the way the brain processes information. To understand addiction, you first have to learn its language—how addiction develops and why addicts continue to use despite the harm it inevitably causes.
Addiction is a mysterious illness because it seems to make such little sense to the onlooker and at times even to the addict. Addicts are prone to repeating their poor choices because they do not process information correctly.
All addicts have poor insight and poor judgment when using. It is part of the illness of addiction.
Addiction is a dangerous illness. It can literally claim a life in a heartbeat. Once addiction develops, it is hard to stop using. It takes hold like a vice, squeezing the addict into
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Government statistics on drug abuse patterns begin at twelve years of age (
• Approximately 6.5 million people ages twelve and older were inappropriate users of prescription painkillers in 2013 (
• Between the years 2000 and 2010, the number of annual deaths attributed to abuse of painkillers tripled from 5,000 to 16,500 (
• The epidemic of IV opioid abuse raises concerns for a resurgence of hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS ( because addicts are prone to passing needles and syringes from one person to another.
• Kentucky and Indiana struggle to curb outbreaks of Hepatitis C and IV drug abuse ( and
• Kentucky has the greatest problem with heroin abuse (
• A county of just 12,000 residents in Kentucky reported overdose deaths of a mother and her son just six months apart. Seven other overdoses were also reported in that sparsely populated county (
• The Rhode Island Health Department reported that overdoses claimed seventy-two lives in the first three months of 2014 ( They warn that heroin spiked with the powerful opioid fentanyl is especially deadly.
• The StarNewsOnline reported that emergency services responded to ten heroin overdose calls in a single weekend in April 2015 in the typically quiet coastal community of Wilmington, North Carolina ( The
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