Addiction is a sense of feeling the need, emotionally and physically, to intake a drug regularly; whether it is to relax the mind and body, to have fun, or to deal with everyday problems and issues. Other signs of addiction to drugs include disengagement from regular activities, such as various sports, school work, or hobbies. Quality of school work also tends to drop in addicted students. Some others signs of addiction include a change in personal behavior, such as borrowing money rapidly, theft, stealing from relatives and friends, taking risks, and coming into dangerous situations. Mental stability can also be affected causing anger outbursts, exhaustion, depression, hopelessness, and lastly, suicidal feelings. Physical changes prompt a different wardrobe that hides needle marks, or sunglasses that conceal swollen eyes.
A well-known prevention of drug use is education. Most people who use drugs have not been well educated on its effects and what it actually does to the body in the long-term. Drug users feel that the only effects of drugs are the different highs they experience short-term. These effects are what drug users are looking for and once their bodies get used to a certain drug, they build tolerance, and need something that much stronger to give them the same effect.
Cocaine is one powerful drug whose users develop tolerance for very shortly after use. Cocaine can be circulated in the bloodstream by snorting it through the nostrils as a hydrochloride powder, injecting it through the veins after dissolving it in water, or inhaling it after vaporizing its crack form. Some signs of cocaine addiction include erratic behavior, unusual solitude, irresponsibility, constant flu or cold symptoms, financial problems, and an unusual pattern of heightened energy coupled by exhaustion.
Getting treatment may sound like a simple task, but it takes a copious amount of energy, support, determination, and self control to over come any kind of drug addiction. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is relapse. Drug abusers must realize that because a treatment worked for one person, it is not necessarily going to work for them as well. Treatment takes a long time and patients must be committed to surpassing their addiction.