Drug addiction is an intense craving for and infatuation with an illegal drug or prescription medication. Drug addiction is hard to control even when it harms your health, relationships or job. Committing to quitting is a great first step; then you'll benefit from the support of your family, friends and a drug addiction treatment program.
Drug Addiction: What You Need to Know
The best way to prevent drug addiction is by not taking the drug at all. If you're taking an addictive prescription drug, do not take more than the prescribed amount because your doctor is monitoring the dose to make sure it is not too much or taken for too long.
Prevent drug abuse in your children by:
Communicating the risks of using drugs
Listening when they talk about peer pressure and support efforts to resist it
Not abusing drugs or alcohol yourself. Children often follow their parents' examples.
Maintaining a strong relationship with your child decreases the chance that they will use or abuse drugs.
The University of Vermont Medical Center offers a team approach to treating drug addiction. Our drug addiction expert physicians include licensed master-level clinicians and an addiction psychiatrist working together and with support staff to provide expert care.
What works for one person may not work for another. We give personalized, patient-centered care optimizing your treatment to get you on the road to recovery and help keep you there.
What is Drug Addiction?
Casual drug use can lead to addiction or a feeling that you cannot live without the drug. Some drugs even have painful withdrawal symptoms that are best managed by a doctor.
Environment and genes most often are key causes in drug addiction. There are specific risk factors that can also contribute, including:
Family history - A parent, brother or sister with drug or alcohol addiction means you're more likely to develop an addiction.
Gender - the condition is more common in men than women.
Other psychological problem(s) - having depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even feeling anxious or lonely, can increase the chance that you'll become dependent on drugs.
Peer pressure - can contribute to drug addiction, particularly in young people.
Lack of family support - if your family is not really involved in your life, particularly parents not attached to or supervising younger. children, it can increase the chance of developing the condition
Highly addictive drug(s) - drugs such as heroin and cocaine, become addictive faster than others.
Drug Addiction Diagnosis and Treatment
The UVM Medical Center's outpatient clinic for drug addiction and co-occurring disorders is called DayOne. The program provides screening, assessment, treatment, and referral.
The UVM Medical Center's physicians are highly trained in treating drug addictions.
Learn more about drug addiction diagnosis and treatment.
Find a doctor or specialist at The UVM Medical Center or call 802-847-3333.